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Friday, May 30, 2008


ham-an it
masangag ka kon
gumon gid nga gumon rang


pumilit sa tuod
ro sinipang eutay


Sa hisa
Gin-eunok ni Ran
Ro paon nga may bunit
Hatunok imaw


Bakod is the term use in Aklan for a five centavo coin.
I am using this term to call my new poetic form: a five-line poem with 2,3,5,7,5 syllables. Below is my first attempt.

Ku eamang
Bangod gaalipugsa
Ro daga-daga

Tatlong Mahipos Nga Butang

Below is one of the famous cinquains of Adelaide Crapsy, the originator of cinquain.
I put it here as an example of this poetic form which I have recently started to experiment on.
Below is my translation of this poem in Aklanon. Of course, it is not in cinquain form as it is difficult to translate it in 2,4,6,8,2 structure.


These be
Three silent things:
The falling snow... the hour
Before the dawn... the mouth of one
Just dead.

***Adelaide Crapsy

Ro mahipos nga butang:
Ro gakahueog nga oras
Bag-o magbuteak ro bibig ku
Tawo nga bag-o eang namatay.
******Adelaide Crapsy

Blowing Wind

her eyes keep watch
on the blowing wind while
she forgets to see her uncombed
white hair.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Iba Gali Ra Puntariya

Aba si Petra
Siya gid ro nagdaea't labada sa suba
Pero busay gali
Ro anang ginapuntariya


reaching the skies
with its arm-length leaves
while its shadow sways
coreless tree


Memorial Day--
another eagle lands
on Mars

Monday, May 26, 2008

Early Morning

early morning--
a librarian raises
her own chair

Sunday, May 25, 2008


she snores endlessly
like her husband

Friday, May 23, 2008

Ay Abaw Si Inday

Ay abaw si Inday
Abi niya owa't gisi ra borda.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Abaw Si Inday

Abaw Si Inday
Nagtungtong sa kueon
Pag-eaum na trono

Sunday, May 18, 2008

I Fear

The blood
that constantly
drops in Mendiola Bridge
reminds me of Martial Law years.
I fear.

I would like to share this simple lesson (especially for children and adult too!)on how to write a tanka. I got this while sufing the net:

To begin, choose a person, place, or thing to write your cinquain about.

Line 1: One word that tells what the poem is about
Line 2: Two words that describe the subject
Line 3: Three words that describe something the subject does
Line 4: Four to six words describing the subject further
Line 5: One or two words that rename what the poem is about (a synonym)

Here's an example:

spotted, happy
running, barking, jumping
a wagging tail on the end
Fire Dog!


that she can't hold
the rain that steadily
showers on her head and conscience
she quits

Saturday, May 17, 2008


I fear needles
my wife goes with me each
time I have my blood chemistry
checked up

After Harvest

Harvesting rice
She buys new shoes and bag
And eats batchoy at the nearby
Food court

Blooming Rose

When I
See Chuchie smile
I see a blooming rose
Gazing at the rising full moon
in June


In love
she does not hear
her mother's advises
she thinks only of adventures
with him

*I am trying to write cinquain.
This is a five-line poem with 2,4,6.8,2 syllables from first to fifth line.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Counting Backward

I have been counting
From one hundred to one
And reciting from Z to A
But our first kiss
Keeps me awake whole night

Another Creation?

Since creation
The clouds have been
Too obedient to the wind
Perhaps in the next creation
The clouds will set the direction of the wind

Like The Shore

Like the shore
That embraces the waves
She embraces him
Before he makes
Some waves

After Two Days

After two days
Our laundry got dry
After two years
My eyes are still wet
After you said goodbye

Comfort Women

They are diminishing now
These comfort women
But the Rising Sun
Still clips its lips
Will it be forever?

Longer Nights

My heart keeps pounding
Before and after
Our first kiss
But it was your first wink
That keeps my nights longer


Hitsura mo
Gugma, may kasakit
May himaya nga pang-eugta

Thursday, May 08, 2008


he injects his grief
into his haiku

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


alas diyes it agahon--
ginaeansangan ra boli ni S. J.
pagpangabay ko kana


habatyagan eon it kaeaha
ro kainit it kaeayo

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


pabukid si Tatay--
owa ako kasayod
kon makakupkop pa imaw
kakon o sa panamgo
eon lang

Low tide

low tide--
bangos jumps
over the net

Frog Concert

frog concert--
national park
industrial loggers

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Ro Eupok

pagkatapos it arado--
ro eupok
it lebentador

Iniras-Iras Nga Mais

iniras-iras nga mais--
galamano sanda
sa kada-isaea

Ikaw Gid Eang

ikaw gid eang
rang haboe
rang duyan
rang pader
rang pag-eaum, Inay

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Siin Baea Si Nanay

ku ungang baye ro tiyong kuring
sa idaeum it biseklita
siin baea
si Nanay makaron?

Friday, May 02, 2008

Golden Sunset

golden sunset
over Guimaras Strait--
the swaying coconut leaves

Tanan ng Haeakhak

tanan naghaeakhak
pagkatumba't kapaya--
unang uea't Mayo