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Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve--
deafening sound from
the neighbor's sterio

Monday, December 26, 2005

Rain Forest

rain forest--
seeing the future
in your hands

Keeping Her Nipa Hut

sweeping away cobwebs
in her nipa hut

After Christmas Day

the morning after Christmas--
the streets rest
from footprints

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Kinayog nga Paeay

kinayog nga paeay--
ag kita tanan hay paeay
matimgas man o upa

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

After Ten Years

after ten years
I again embrace
the giant acacia tree


Sa Edsa
"Sandali lang!"

Friday, December 16, 2005

Ro Botong

paghawod it botong
ro adlaw

Full Moon

full moon,
on a cloudless night,
not sliding anymore in Iloilo River

Thursday, December 15, 2005

After Typhoon Labuyo

after Typhoon Labuyo
finally flips its wings

Sa Ibabaw It Bilbord

ro tatay ag anang ungang maisot
sa ibabaw
it higanteng bilbord

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Sa Ibabaw It Sanggutan

ginpatik it oman
ni tatay Jose ro saeod
kon abu ra sueod

Caged Pigeon

caged pigeon
the chicken wire
slices the skies

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


soon someone
will pirate your fragrance

Monday, December 12, 2005


sa saeod--
sa kada tueo it tuba
may rebolusyon

Friday, December 09, 2005

Stepping On Somebody's Net

he steps on
somebody's fishing net

Revised: February 1, 2010

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

After The Burial

after the burial--
mourners look at the prepared merienda
at the cemetery gate

Monday, December 05, 2005


mosquito, do not worry--
my swatting
is my way of loving you

Crossing the Highway

late afternoon--
an old woman crosses alone
a busy highway

Sunday, December 04, 2005


He lifts me
from the curling

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Late Afternoon

a red ant
moves out
of a chicken's shadow

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Gathering Grains

white moon--
father gathers scattered grains
in the street

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Full Moon

the full moon
winks at Kal
in his nipa hut

Sunday, November 27, 2005

White Moon

I lose
the white moon
when our car turns to the left

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Old Chair

old wooden chair
I used to sit on it
beside my wife

Rainy Season

rainy season
a spoonful of sunshine
between dawn and dusk

Tiny Stars

beside Pilma
tiny stars
in a rippling lake water

Empty Nest

rest in
their empty nest

Catching Rain

summer rain
with our tongues

Manila Bay

Manila Bay
the sun kisses
the sea

In The Air

in the air
an eagle looks back
at the chicks

Our Bridge

in my room
your lingering perfume
our bridge

Atop A Mountain

atop a mountain
seeing plastics and cans
instead of flying eagles

Homecoming Dove

homecoming dove
the wind is now
lesser under her wings

Early Harvest

all our chickens died
except one
for my birthday

From A Nipa Hut

gray afternoon--
a boy at a nipa hut
smiles at me

Friday, November 25, 2005

Ligum Dueom

ligum dueom...
gulping nagdueom
ro Eangbon ni Lolo Empoy


permi kang madaeum?

Kanyon Nga Butong

rang kanyon nga butong
sa pantaw pa gihapon


ginpaligusan ka
eon man't bombero

My God

after the fight
father looks at a bloody Mike Tyson
and says: "Oh, my God!"

After Summer

after summer
my grasses
are still green

Caged Kitten

after lunch
the kitten in a cage
does not feel sleepy

June Rain

after a hard rain
the skies are trapped
in our bedroom

Above Aklan River

at the river bank
wave to the passengers

Black River

above a bridge
a boy looks down
at the black river

Deepening Night

deepening night
eyelids becoming
heavier and heavier

A Wild Flower

a wild flower
blooms in a cracked
concrete road

A Sign At The Gate

a sign
at the gate of a cemetery
"A Gateway to Heaven"

A Bleeding Night

A bleeding night
a shining dawn

Nadusmo Si Inday

si Inday
sa Boracay Beach

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Lemon Juice

squeezing lemon juice
on a fresh wound--
this full moon

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Empty Table

New Moon--
he walks away
from an empty dining table

She Grips My Hand

Sunday afternoon—
she grips my hand
as we cross the city street

Not Today

Friday morning—
a young mother
refuses to bath her first son

Hamtik Sa Sampaguita

sa kagang
it Sampaguita
gadasig it pagkamang ro hamtik

To Begin With

I plan to post here my haiku to be interspersed with luwa, both in English and in Aklanon, the language of Aklan..