Sunday, January 31, 2010


"love is patient
love is kind,"
best if shared around

The theme of this Sunday's morning service is love. I thought of adding another line to form a haiku.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

God's blessings

About Cinquain
Cinquain, created and developed by the American poet Adelaide Crapsey in the early 1900, is a five-line unrhymed poem with 22 syllables arranged as 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2. It's name is derived from the French word cinq which means five. It is somehow related to the Japanese haiku and tanka. The contemporary cinquain is usually titled, the title becoming an integral part of the poem.

Unfortunately, Crapsey died at an early age of 37 from tuberculosis so she was not able to develop the poetic form any further. Lately though, cinquain has been enjoying a healthy revival especially among haiku writers as well as other poets. I have already posted cinquains here, My New Year’s Wish and Aloneness are examples and here is another, a bilingual one.

Tagalog, a Philippine language:

sa buhay ng tao
di may kagalingang dulot
ng D’yos.

English version:

happens in life
without some good in it
coming from the munificience
of God.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Los Angeles storm

headline today
storm leaves LA
with a bang
unconcerned with
its damage behind

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Year's Wish

To love
and to be loved,
that's all I need in life,
not transient fame or wealth, but yes
true love.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Foreclosed house

foreclosed house
their backyard swing
stops swinging

Friday, January 15, 2010

Haiti earthquake

Haiti nightmare
hundreds of thousands dead
and many more homeless
battered by non-discriminating
deadly earthquake

We offer our fervent prayers for the earthquake victims and their kins! The world mourns with and for you.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Morning chill

chilly morning
she grabs me back to bed
a bit longer

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Children's fun

winter fun
after the snow ball fight
hot, hot chocolate

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Help is where you find it

icy sidewalk
disdaining my helping hand
she falls again

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Second love

warmth of her touch
in that snowy weekend
fantasy fling
am I ready or a fool
to fall in love again

Modern English Tanka
Volume 1, Number 2. Winter 2006.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Monday, January 4, 2010

Love song

dining alone
the piped-in music plays
our love song

Notes from the Gean:
A Journal of Japanese Short Forms
Vol. 1, Issue 3, December 2009