Sunday, May 29, 2011


I brush mom's gray hair 
as she chats with unseen friends 
in her hospice home 
I wonder if she knows
I'm her least-liked daughter

Notes from the Gean
Vol. 2, Issue 4, March 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Coming home

two rainbows arch
in the misty sky
this early summer
he will be home soon
to his wife and daughter

Modern English Tanka
Vol. 1, No. 3. Spring 2007

Monday, May 16, 2011

Spring sunshine

spring sunshine
the toothless smile
of a homeless girl

World Haiku Review
Vol. 7, Issue 1, March 2009

Friday, May 13, 2011

Friday the 13th

Friday 13th
I shoo the black cat

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Birthday Alone

Published in my book, RUSTLE OF BAMBOO LEAVES

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all Moms of the world!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mom's memories

My Mom, Ines Pulgar

Each of us has favorite stories to tell about our mothers and mine are no exceptions. When I was studying in college in a university town far from ours, my Mom, may she rest in peace, used to visit me especially during final examination time. When my Mom was with me, bless her soul, she didn’t let me do anything like cooking as she did it herself. She just wanted me to concentrate all my waking hours to study. One afternoon, she was bringing me snacks but stopped, as she saw me fast asleep with an open book on my lap. I got a good-natured ribbing from her afterwards.

One day coming home, I saw a live chicken tethered on the kitchen table. When I came in, she announced with a flair that we will have chicken stew and chicken adobo for dinner, a luxury treat. All of a sudden I remembered when I was a young kid during a fiesta celebration in the village. A group of men merrily watched the cook who, with exaggerated moves, chopped a chicken’s neck into two and let the lower body go zigzagging right and left with blood gushing out of it till it became still.

I quietly told my mother that I forgot something that I was supposed to buy and I was going back to the store about two to three miles away. I did not actually enter any store but walked there back and forth biding my time. After about an hour or so, I ventured back to the house and the smell of chicken dish made me hurry to get in. I loved her cooking but I did not want to be the killer of the poor chicken.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Spring cleaning

spring cleaning
for the third year
he still can't bear
to throw away
her love letters

Sketchbook, Vol. 6, No. 1
Jan/Feb. 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Rambling thoughts

rambling thoughts
one step behind
a crushed snail

Haijinx, Vol. IV, Issue 1
March 2011