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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Philippine Summer

Philippine summer
children swim in Manila Bay
together with garbage

Saturday, March 21, 2009


ro bituon
sa eati nga buean

Ginhugasan Ko

ko rang
euha king euha


ko rang
euha sa saeamin

Nabasa Ro Tanan

nabasa ro tanan
owa't eabot
kang euha

March 21, 2009


gabalik-balik ro hangin
nga may daeang kahumot
it aeanghilan

March 21, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Thinking of Summer

thinking of summer---
the mango is still

March 18, 2009

Buti It Lezo

gakaon it buti
pag-uli sa baeay

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Siin Nga Parti

Siin nga parti
king tagipusuon
mo ako patueogon?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Blue Skies

blue skies--
sunshine brightens
the dried-up well

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Adlaw Sa Bibi't Tinaipan

adlaw sa bibi't tinaipan
gataeang-taeang ro agagangis
kon anong tono ra gamiton

Haiku Guides

I lifted this haiku guide from

Haiku without rules is like a tennis match without a ball!

1. Haiku is a three-line nature-orientated poem expressing poet’s direct experience of something, description of background/surroundings, and an original and deep thought based on it.
2. The form of 5-7-5 can be used but is not essential.
3. No title should be given to a haiku.
4. Make sure your haiku consists of two distinctive parts, and not of one or three!
5. Time: use verbs only in the present or past continuous tenses.
6. Avoid end rhyme.
7. Avoid using capital letters and punctuation marks, unless you really have to.
8. Avoid turning your haiku into an aphorism or an epigram.
9. Avoid direct metaphors.
10. Use only common language.

Further Guidelines

1. Remove any words you can remove without losing the sense of the haiku.
2. Try not to use adverbs, pronouns. Avoid using more than two adjectives with the same noun
3. Avoid using too many ‘ing’ words (usually no more than two!)
4. Vary the articles (‘a’ and ‘the’). Don’t use too many of them (two is usually quite enough).
5. Avoid using conditional clauses, e.g. subjunctive mood.
6. Write about what you see, avoid writing hearsay haiku.
7. If you want to write a real haiku, use a kigo.
8. ‘Choose each word very carefully. Use words that clearly express what you feel’ – JW Hackett
9. ‘Never use obscure allusions: real haiku are intuitive, not abstract or intellectual’– JW Hackett
10. ‘Lifefulness, not beauty, is the real quality of haiku’ – JW Hackett

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Summer Full Moon

summer full moon
he touches
her silver earring

Monday, March 09, 2009

Pagkatapos it Bagyo

pagkatapos it bagyo
owa eon mabatian
ro kanta it agagangis

March 9, 2009

Sunday, March 08, 2009

At Boracay Beach

a grandfather watches
a setting sun
at Boracay Beach


Ro sangkadueang
Nga humay hay kueang sa baboy
Kueang man abi ra


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

May 30, 2008


Ku eamang
Bangod gaalipugsa
Ro daga-daga.

May 30, 2008

Note: Please take note of the number of syllables per line. I hope to continue this kind of poetry. I am calling it Bakod, with 2,3,5,7,5 line structure. Try writing one, just for fun.

Gulping Naglinong

ako makaron
apang bangod sa
pagpanumdum mo kakon
rang painu-ino gulping naglinong.

May 21, 2008


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

May 3, 2008

Kon Hikit-an Ko

Kon hikit-an
ko si Edna Sunz
madumduman ko dayon
ro bag-ong buskad nga Sampaguita
nga gatan-aw it bag-ong ugsad nga buean

April 30, 2008


gatanga eang ro pueang bougainvillea
sa eangit
pero kaina
gaharu eon imaw sa eugta

April 30, 2008

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Breath Away

breath away—
my thumb marks
join with other marks in the sea

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Baguio Fire

Baguio Public Market fire
the Fire Prevention Month

Sunday, March 01, 2009

First Dose

Summer sun
taking the first dose
of chemotherapy