Friday, August 28, 2015

People watching

a haibun

A typical Sunday morning scene unfolds before me at my favorite fast food place. Seated together on the right table is a young couple evidently so much in love with each other, oblivious to other people around them while safely ensconced in their private world. Next, to their left is a father and his well-behaved daughter in her Sunday clothes, slowly munching her french fries. In between sipping her drink, she glances at her dad with a contented smile. During a lull in their eating, he gently brushes a wisp of unruly hair upwards to her child's forehead. 

On the next table are two middled aged men boisterously rummaging a found newspaper left on their table by a previous customer. One is looking for sales in a local store while the other is busy perusing the sports page. At the farthest table, an old couple, obviously married and used to each other's ways, are quietly eating with nary a conversation but with a happy and contented demeanor.

dining alone
I forgot to feel sorry
for myself

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Bilingual poems

Having constantly used a borrowed language since high school and beyond, I am sometimes torn by uncertainty as to whether to use one in favor of the other or end up writing in both idioms in my poetry. 

I like to think though that I have some readers who understand both Tagalog and English hence my decision to use both as much as possible. Any comments or feedback on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Here is a bilingual sample.

from a distance
at the appointed time
I wait for your glance
to bask once more
in your smile

sa abot ng tanaw
at takdang panahon
hintay and sulyap mo
nang muling mamasdan
and iyong ngiti

Published in my book,
Haiku and Tanka Harvest

Selected Haiku and Tanka poems, 2006-2011 A selection of over 200 haiku and tanka poems previously published in various online and print journals as well as book anthologies, written from 2006-2011.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Cinquain Trilogy

I showed my grief
you were surprised yet knew
there's inner hurt gnawing inside
my soul.

But then
aren't we forced
by social norms to hide
our fears lest our loved ones suffer
from them?

I take 
my manly role
seriously as I can.
Yet do they know that I also 
feel pain?


Monday, August 3, 2015


the cactus plant
outlives and outlasts
even man himself
who then is the master
of the universe

from my book,
Haiku and Tanka Harvest
available at Amazon


ang cactus ay
nabubuhay nang matagal
sa tao, sino nga kaya 
higit makapangyarihan
sa mundo

Thursday, July 30, 2015


my neighbor mows
the grassy edges
of my unkempt lawn
in the shade I try to write
this friendship poem

from my book,
Haiku and Tanka Harvest

Friday, July 17, 2015



lack of rain
still no news
of their runaway daughter


kulang sa ulan
wala pa ring balita
lumayas na anak

a fly on top
of the carabao
the mighty one


sa likod ng kalabaw


from a distance
at the appointed time
I wait for your smile
to bask once more
in your smile


sa abot ng tanaw
at takdang panahon
hintay ang sulyap mo
nang muling mamasdan
ang iyong ngiti

From my book,
Haiku and tanka harvest

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Trilingual Haiku



gabing walang bituin
hinihintay kita sinta
kahit sa panaginip

SOLEDAD (Spanish)

la noche sin estrellas
esperare por te amor
aun en mi sueƱos


starless night
l'll wait for you my love
even in my dreams

From my book,
Haiku and Tanka Harvest