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Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Hope

New Year--
even the bunker-oil covered seagrass
struggles to grow new leaf

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Alone, I Left

alone, I left
I will go home


tired of sending money,
go home

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas 2006

Christmas 2006
with my flower horns

Bangud sa Yuhum Mo

Photo: Edna Romulo Laurente Faral
bangud sa yuhom mo
halipatan ko
rang baling tagipusuon

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Bag-ong Dag-on

Bag-ong Dag-on
ginpabagay kakon ni Tatay
rang gitara

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Bagyo Seniang


why are the weeds
overcrowding in our garden?

Photo: Edna Romulo Laurente Faral


Photo: by Edna Romulo Ricafuente Faral

Sa Kagang It Sampaguita

at Sampaguita's branch
black ant
crawls fast

Photo Credit: Edna Romulo Laurente Faral

Friday, December 22, 2006

Typhoon Seniang

Typhoon Seniang
Boracay kneels
without question

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Gahinay Nga Agoniyas

gakilo-kilo nga kingke--
gahinay nga gahinay
nga agoniyas

Tama Nga Rason

tama nga rason--
disturbo gid matuod
ro klase sa barkada

Mayad Nga Unga

mayad nga unga--
nagpaligos sa Akean
embes magsueod sa klase

Christmas Eve

Christmas eve--
I saw Mommy kissing
another Daddy

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


he earns
than she spends in bingo

Monday, December 18, 2006


pagkatapos it baha--
ku unga ro bao

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Ripples In An Old Creek

a duck leaves
ripples in an algae-filled creek

Saturday, December 16, 2006


ro dueaw nga dahon it kapayas
sa asul nga kaeangitan
Photo Credit: Edna Laurente Faral

Friday, December 15, 2006


ginpabay-ang mamaehan
sa eutay

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Breaking A Boulder

after breaking a boulder
into stones,
he smiles

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Regular Employee II

she comes in
on the dot,
mostly, on the line

Regular Employee

she times out
on the dot, she times in
on the line


buyti eang ako
mabuhi ako


sa gihapon
mapilit ro suman

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Office Weather

after hurling her papers--
the office weather
gets cool

Typhoon Seniang

Typhoon Seniang--
it reminds Boracay
to think of Him

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Typhoon Reming

windy night--
too many young mango fruits
in the streets

Thursday, December 07, 2006


connecting the droplets
on her window

Typhoon Reming

Typhoon Reming--
it leaves
without shedding a tear

No Way Out

Iloilo River--
no way out
from the fish corrals

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Mayor's Birthday

mayor's birthday--
the president did not pass
Nanga Bridge

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Adlaw It Mga Minatay

Adlaw it mga Minatay--
tuba ag maeam-an
sa altar para kay Tatay

Monday, December 04, 2006


mudflow sa Guinubatan, Albay--
nagtawag si Lola
sa nanay na

Saturday, December 02, 2006


hinyo sa adlaw
sa anang pagtunod--
magbuteak ka eagi ha

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Morning Sunshine

morning sunshine—
three blossoming Sampaguitas
at the waterfront

(based on the picture posted by SunflowR at for Mils' birthday, Nov. 27, 2006)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

La Paz Batsoy

La Paz Batsoy--
quivering grandfather

For A Moment

for a moment
Filipinos are one--
Pacquiao floors Morales

Thursday, November 23, 2006


a firefly rests
on my shoulder

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


the fireflies
pierce the darkness

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


lanterns at the windows--
pomelos hanging
on the street

Monday, November 20, 2006

Pinatumba Si Morales

makarong nagdaog si Pacquiao
indi eon baea mageupok
ro baril ni Mayor?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Rang Aguniyas

ginbagting nanda
rang aguniyas

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Nanga Bridge

Philippine life
in the unrepaired
Nanga Bridge

Thursday, November 09, 2006

From Baby Powder

from baby powder
to men's perfume
the massage attendant

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Dousing Water

dousing water
on our fire

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Our Full Moon

through the rooftop hole,
Bing and I create
our full moon

Friday, November 03, 2006

Inay, Ham-at Gadueotdutan

ham-at gadueotdutan
ro mga hilamon sa atong kurae?

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Different Relative

my aunt tells me
to eat in the kitchen

Monday, October 23, 2006


gindawat ni Nonoy Ranel
ro maeam-an ni Lola Soriang


Marilou smiles as she gives me
a paracetamol tablet

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Juan Plants Trees

Juan plants trees
Pedro cuts them down

Burning House

burning house-- one by one Rona Mahilum rescues her brother and sister from the inferno

Sunday, October 01, 2006

At Last

at last--
after two months
new leaves

Using Her Mouth

using her mouth
she keeps on searching
for the broom


I did not leave you
rising moon

Friday, September 29, 2006

Passing Clouds

passing clouds--
she kisses me
behind the door

SS Yarmouth Castle

from deck to deck
Terry Wise drags away passengers
from the blazing SS Yarmouth Castle

Monday, September 25, 2006

His Steps

following His steps--
I get up
from a slip

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Behind His Back

behind His back--
the disciples talk
on who is nearest to Him

Sunday Homily

Sunday homily--
I become
a child again

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Glass Window

rainy afternoon--
she writes a haiku
on the glass window

Monday, September 18, 2006

First Night

first night--
the moonlight
enters our hotel room

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Casting Net

Casting Net

casting net
into the river—
empty heart


sa suba—
owa’t sueod nga dughan


ro maya paguwa sa hawla—
sangkakutsarang silak

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Enrollment Period

enrollment period--
co-workers' promise
to pay the debt on time

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


she wipes away
Guimaras' tears

Oil Spill

oil spill--
mangrove trees die
leaf by leaf

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Waste Pickers

the waste pickers wait
for another garbage truck

Oil Spill

oil spill--
the fragrance
of ripe mangoes

Saturday, September 09, 2006

With Pilma Tonight

with Pilma tonight
we create
our full moon

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Life in Charcoal

her framed charcoal
brings out
her life

Maeara 8-30-2006

Inch by Inch

the river bank claims
my ricefield
inch by inch

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Out of Mind

out of mind
out of work

Jeepney Ride

two Korean students share
a handkerchief
to cover their noses

Alubihod Beach

ladies in bikini frolicking
at Alubihod Beach, Guimaras

Monday, September 04, 2006

Like Sirius

like Sirius
Fulgencio twinkles
after sunset

Sunday, September 03, 2006


Sunday morning--
a colony of termites
on their way to the books

Saturday, September 02, 2006

One, Two, More

one oil coated turtle
two oil coated turtles
...more oil coated turtles

Friday, September 01, 2006

I Will Not Leave You

I will not leave you
even after sunset

Beneath Guimaras Strait

I miss the moon
beneath Guimaras Strait--
early August


wakes up
those who are awake

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Sunken Moon

she hears
the echo
of a sunken moon

Monday, August 28, 2006

Gray Skies

gray skies--
I miss the moon man

Friday, August 25, 2006

Oil Spill

oil slick covers
the shorelines of Guimaras

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Oil Spill

oil spill--
they hang
their beach seines

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Her Silence

night strolling
her silence
makes me walk alone

Friday, August 18, 2006

In My Table

fish and rice
become scarer
in my table

Wednesday, August 16, 2006


in my country
crows do not starve

Thursday, August 10, 2006


siren sounded--
another air strike
is coming


gintaw-an ko't
sangka kutsarang dugos,
gusto pa gid rang grapong sueodlan

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Sa Tambak

sa Tambak
gapangeapaw sa pader
ro humbak

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Warm Afternoon

warm afternoon
mother crushes between her thumbnails
a red mite


an old man
plucks a rose bud

Sunday, July 23, 2006


inspired by their wings
termites fly towards
the electric bulbs

Friday, July 21, 2006

Eumapak Sa Silak

sa silak
ro anay

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Rainy Season

rainy season--
he sells chicken eggs
to buy cigarettes

Friday, July 14, 2006


ro dahon kang paeay

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Water Supply Disruption

water supply disruption--
just a pail of water
for a bath

That Moment

that moment
when you suddenly kiss me
behind the door

Rainy Morning

rainy morning--
walking barefooted
in a holey street

Friday, July 07, 2006

Matimgas Nga Uyas

matimyas nga uyas
bunga king sakripesyo
ag ikaw ro uhay

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Sa Opisina Namon

sa opisina namon
indi mag-andar ro kotse
kun indi pagtughungan it gasolina

Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Pacquiao-Larios' Mano-A-Mano
no one fires a gun

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Birth Anniversary

birth anniversary--
no one places a flower
at his monument in Luneta

Saturday, July 01, 2006

On His Death Anniversary

on his death anniversary--
people paraded
in Luneta

Friday, June 30, 2006

Your Wink

your single wink
keeps me awake
the whole night

Philippine Summer

Philippine Summer--
stone Dr. Jose Rizal
in overcoat

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Full Moon

full moon brings out lovers

Friday, June 23, 2006

Almyra C. Cortes

Autumn's end...
Spring's beginning
with Him

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Last Night's Rain

last night's rain--
floodwater still above the knee
on Calle Real

Friday, June 16, 2006

Late Afternoon

late afternoon--
Anaisa refuses to fetch in
even just for fifteen minutes


an old pond--
a young lady jumps in
wow, no hair!


out of the water
out of her mind


she talks all day
she complains all day
this woman


an employee who overdresses
puts on her make-up

one tear of her is enough
to melt
his knees

Sunny Afternoon

sunny afternoon--
narra's shadow
overshadows his shadow

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Water Canons

Independence Day--
water canons for rallyists
in Mendiola Bridge

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Bluer Moon

summer breeze--
the bluer moon
over the Tagaytay Ridge

Your Smile

inspired by your smile
I forget
my broken heart

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Drops of Blood

Sunday afternoon--
drops of blood on the cockpit
all that remain of his pet fighting cock

Friday, June 09, 2006

Losing A Friend

losing a friend
the way the sun
refuses to set

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Viewing A Rainbow

viewing a rainbow
over another rainbow
this early morning

Morning Coffee

your eyes
in my morning coffee

After A Fiesta

after a fiesta
fried dried slipmouth
tastes much better now

Rising Sun

rising sun
an army of red ants
at my lovebird's feeder

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day--
last two petals left
she loves me, she loves me not!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Pag-eubog Kang Adlaw

pag-eubog kang adlaw
iuli mo ako ha sa ugat ko

Friday, June 02, 2006

Old School Bag

first school day--
a new set of books
for an old school bag

Caged Butterfly

I wish you were
flying freely in my garden--
caged butterfly

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Not Old

not old
she reminds me
...always refreshed

Friday, May 26, 2006

Once Again

once again
she promises to build bridges
over the unseen rivers

Boracay Beach

Boracay Beach--
watching the tip
of a setting sun... with Bing

Monday, May 22, 2006

Kada Eak-ang

sa Mt. Everest--
kada eak-ang pasaka
kadaeag-an it Pilipino

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Punta't Eamig

ring hello
ro nagpunta ku kaeamig
ku yelo sa bubungan it Mt. Everest

Ro Mga Amo

samtang gahaeabuya't eutay
ro mga amo sa kongreso--
buto't balat rang buesa

Hari it Kalibo

maitum nga usok
hari it karsada

Bag-ong Bag-on

Bag-ong Dag-on--
gindelete ko ro ibang icon
sa desktop ko

Bag-o Magtueog

bag-o magtueog
gatext si Lolo't "I lab u"
kay Lola nga anang kahulid

Cell Phone

ginbayaw it pari ro ostias
nagtunog ro cell phone
kang kaeapit

Friday, May 19, 2006

Boarding House

ay gali!
kun adlaw... boarding house
kun gabii...kasa

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Freezing Winds

freezing winds--
another Pinoy plants his flag
on top of Mt. Everest

Si Pinoy Sa Mt. Everest

sa katapusan—
nakatanum gid man si Pinoy
ku anang bandera sa bubungan it Mt Everest

(In Honor of Leo Oracion,
the First Filipino to climb the summit of Mt. Everest,
at 5:30 p.m., Philippine time, May 17, 2006)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

At Last

at last
Leo Oracion plants
the Philippine flag on top of Mt. Everest

Serene Silence

serene silence--
father chisels and planes
the narra woods

Election Time

during elections--
candidates build bridges
over unseen rivers

Honorable Men

after elections--
honorable public officials
no longer honorable

Monday, May 15, 2006

Siniad-Siad Nga Kaeangitan

Bugas Sa Kalye

puting buean--
ginapueot ni Tatay ro nagakalhit
nga bugas sa kalye


gatunod ro pihak nga buean--
ginakungkung ni Juan ra unga
sa ibabaw it higanteng billboard

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Mt Everest

Mt Everest
you are there
yet not there yet to Pinoy

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Ginatabuna't Gaeum

it gaeum ro buean
samtang gainum ako’t kape

Sa Punta It Ikog

sa punta it ikog
it ikog

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Electric Chair

bag-ong dag-on--
ginhalin sa museum
ro electric chair sa Munti

Monday, May 01, 2006

Adlaw It Tabahador

Adlaw it Trabahador--
si Mayor sa bueangan
si Tatay gapamueot it plastik sa basurahan

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Ra Kupkup

ra kupkup kakon
bag-o ako pumanaw
ro nagpainit kang banig

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Four Writers

inside a taxi--
four writers slashing the cigarette smoke
in four different ways


Keanna, once
she was an escort girl
of senators

Friday, March 31, 2006

Pangabuhi Sa Syudad

pangabuhi sa syudad--
maski ro basura

Friday, March 24, 2006


father stops
sighing before going to sleep

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Owa't Bituon

owa't bituon--
gutom nga eake hana nga maeumpat
sa ibabaw it higanteng billboard

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Pebrero 2006--
ginasunod it gaeom
ro sangka kutsarang silak

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Leyte Landslide

Leyte landslide--
the rescuers cannot pinpoint
where exactly the school building is

Saturday, March 04, 2006

All the Flowers

all the flowers
have been kissed by butterflies
but this Sampaguita


your shadow
overshadows yourself

Curling Waves

the curling waves
on the shores straighten
for my birthday

Sunday Morning

Sunday morning--
he gathers the sun rays
into his palms

Cool Morning

cool morning--
the smell of garlic bread
reaches the street boy

Heron's Nest, vol. viii, no. 1, March 2006, p. 4

Flooded In

flooded in--
he plays chess
against himself

At Last

At last
time catches up
with the tiger

Face Up

face up
on the table--
an open Bible

Nipa Hut

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

May Gaeum Ro Buean

ugaling ginatabunan
it madamoe nga gaeum

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

A Piece of A Dream

a piece of a dream

Sunday, February 19, 2006

No Moon

no moon
no stars
after you left me

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Hin-uno Mo Ako Pasakaun?

Itsong: Hin-uno mo ako pasakaun
Sa baeay ninyo nga ginapalibutan it saesaeon?

Bing: Mabuhay eon kita nga ginapasaylo
May pangabay eang galing ako.
Kun mabueoe mo ro barangaw
Ikaw gid dayon rang hakson.

Itsong:Sige akon nga bueon ro barangaw ngaron
Indi eang ibutang sa tunga naton
Kundi aton pa nga eubid-eubiron
Agod ibugkos sa buhok naton.

Bing: Indi eon lang gali pagbueon ro barangaw.
Kuhiton mo eon lang gali ro buean sa ibabaw
Kon imo eon ngani nga mabuoe
Aton ron nga paligid-ligiron sa paead naton.

Itsong: Mayad man ngani ron kon buean eon lang rang bueon
Ay mabuhay kon aton ron nga tueokon
Buko't paris sa baeangaw
Nga kon may asaw-asaw eang kon magbanhaw.

Bing: Peru kon indi mo ngani ro buean mabuoe
Indi ka eon magpakita kakon
Sigurado gid nga sa impiyerno ka pueoton
Agod igto pati ring kaeag paitumon

Itsong: Maski siin mo pa ako ihaboy
Kon maruyon ring handum
Peru indi ako magpati nga sa impiyerno ako daehon
Ay ro Dios naton mapasinsiyahon.

Bing: Mapasinsiyahon ngani ro Dios naton
Peru indi sa mga tawo nga pusong.

Itsong:Sin-o ro pusong?
Ako nga nagahigugma kimo
O ro tawo nga maski may gusto
Ginapaantos anay bag-o imaw but-on?

Bing: Paano abi kita but-on
Ay maski ro bituon
Ag ro puti nga buean
Ginaprenda mo kakon?

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Boracay Beach

cold wind--
a girl gathers beach grasses
at Boracay Beach

Thursday, February 02, 2006


ro higanteng mangga
ni Bagyo Undang

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Pag-eubog Kang Adlaw

pag-eubog kang adlaw
iuli mo ako ha sa ugat ko.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Gaani't Paeay Si Nanay

Samtang gaani't paeay si Nanay
Gakanta't Dandansoy si Tatay
Sa among eangbong gahapay
Kaatubang it tubang bag-ong tagay.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve--
father erases the blot
on his white t-shirt

Wednesday, January 11, 2006


come, children of war
let's play hide and seek
in these damaged military tanks

Monday, January 09, 2006


gatunod ro buean--
may habatian akong hibayag
halin sa Tawaya

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Singa-Singa It Sampaguita

may nagakamang nga ueod
sa singa-singa it Sampaguita

I Ask

I ask
I seek
I discover life

Saturday, January 07, 2006

The Magnet of Aklan

fine white sand
of Boracay--
the magnet of Aklan

Cristina Bugayong

let's hear
Cristina Bugayong's song

Pagguwa't mga Bituon

pagguwa't mga bituon--
gainisak ro mga isiw't manok
sa idaeo't baeay

Friday, January 06, 2006

Sa Kisiw

maambon nga agahon--
gabitaybitay ro amo
sa kisiw


pabay-i ro alimango
mag-eangoy-eangoy sa Akean


may NAWASA--
hamha't gabakae pa't
tubi sa bote?

Owa Gahueag Ro Buean

owa gahueag ro buean
sa Manila Bay
eumukso ro eake sa barko


owa't suea
sa lamesa
raya ro pangako ni Gloria?

Inside A Shuttle Bus

inside a shuttle bus--
scent of a blooming

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Tabtabon Naton Ro Mga Hilamon

tabtabon naton ro mga hilamon
sa kurae it Akean

Bisperas it Bag-ong Dag-on

bisperas it Bag-ong Dag-on--
makabueongoe nga tunog
it sterio ku kaingod

Monday, January 02, 2006

Between Two Blue Mountains

between two blue mountains
a lone fisherman
in the sea

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Flower Horn Fish

flower horn fish--
do your Chinese characters
bring luck to your owner?

Bag-ong Dag-on

ginaagubayan pauli
it asawa
ra hilong nga bana

First World Pyro Olympics, Manila, 2005

the world's eyes
focus on the Philippine skies--
First World Pyro Olympics, 2005