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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Solar Storm

solar storm--
my cellphone
your voice, out


communication satellites
knock out!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Biernes Santos

Biernes Santo--
ginapaaguniyas ni Sean Marie
ra Lolo

Friday, March 21, 2008

After the War

after the war--
picking a table
with two missing legs

The Age

the age--
I grow old
to be young


start of summer--
a guard drives me out
of a restaurant

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Earth Hour

Earth Hour--
father shuts our light out
for one hour

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


our water pump

Monday, March 17, 2008

Holy Friday

Holy Friday--
a child tells her grandpa
to knell

Note: Here is a comment from a reader on this poem:

- In, "gumamilacruz"
> This week, we Filipinos celebrate Holy Week.
> This week, we Filipinos trace the passion and death of our Lord, Jesus
> Christ.
> It will end on Sunday, the Easter Sunday.
> Holy Friday
> Holy Friday--
> a child tells her grandpa
> to knell
> Melcichon
> Aklan, Philippines
Dear Melcichon,

A delightful poem you have written. As you know, I tend to believe
that there are happy accidents in life. The last line of your poem
gave me pause to think that the child actually said the word "knell"
rather than "kneel". This reminded me of my childhood when I would get
similar sounding words mixed up as I was learning how to say them. For
several years, I said "three" for "tree"... to me they sounded the same.

Your poem is especially poignant to me because of the advanced age of
my mother excludes her from kneeling for fear of damage to her frail
bones. But, I know that if her great-granddaughter asked her to kneel,
my mother, would despite the frail health. Such is the bond between
grandparents and grandchildren or great-grandchildren.

Good Friday --
blossom petals left
on the supper table

ciao... chibi

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Warm Evening

warm evening--
the sound of fallen leaves
of a narra tree

Brown Leaves

narra's brown leaves
on a park car

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday--
the rocks stand still
when He passes by

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Kapaya 2

katapusa't Mayo--
nagadueoeaw ro daho't

Kaki nga Eanas

kaki nga eanas
eumagpak ro

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Papaya 1

bacteria penetrates
her roots

Cool Breeze

cool breeze--
and Teodoro Patino in the library

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Manny Pacquiao Fight

Source: Photo by Matthew Bantug /

Manny Pacquiao fight--
no police record

Ripe Bananas

ripe bananas
in our mortgaged land

Sunday, March 09, 2008


papaya grows in our yard
with arm-length leaves--
shadows all over

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Cloudy Skies

cloudy skies--
our new university librarian
develops ulcer

Blue Skies

Picture of Helen Keller holding a doll, and Anne Sullevan, her teacher.
Picture released by New England Historic Genealogical Society,taken 120 years ago.

blue skies--
Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller
and her doll

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Dark Clouds

dark clouds
inside the university library

Sunday, March 02, 2008


the weight of the stairs
lingers on my legs

Tirad Pass

Tirad Pass--
the grasses can't stand