Matrimony

Front of the altar
They exchanged vows and “I do’s”
Lips kissed as proof

it’s haiku
Today, 9:55 p.m.

Loss Game

Five seconds to go
Looking for someone to pass
Found one, shoots but missed

Haiku
7:55 P.M., today

Storm Surge & 2 More Haiku

storm surge…
the wails of people
drown in ramblings

storm aftermath…
I couldn’t take my eyes
away from debris

no man’s land
too small, the eye
of the storm

Tika-teka

Sariling krus binatá
patika-tika
may latay pati matá

Gayunmay balewalà
pateka-teka
paurong na tumandà

Love Notes 2

three
long-stemmed, red roses
your eyes speak

that fragrance
in this ring of endearment
captivates

roses and chocolates
if only for this moment
love song

Love Notes

Valentine’s Day
the many ways of saying:
”I love you”

love day
it’s business as usual
with flowers

coffee bar
drinking my café latte
in a heart-shaped cup

River Moon

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two shadows drown
in the magic of their kiss
river moon

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only the warmth
of a tight embrace
cool breeze

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a heart etched
and nurtured by the moon
lover’s nest

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By The River

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swallows swooping
a white feather floats
near the footbridge

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peeking through
the dense foliage
some sunlight

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by the river
sketching the boat’s
lonely trail

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Monoku 4

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lying down on a full stomach… crescent moon
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painting the town red… night owl
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a wish the water rustles at a nearby fountain
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midday fun the shaky feet over the grass
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birthday wish clearing the table for some cake
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the leaves fall with the wind… autumn sun
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scratches… coming out from an orchard
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 so soon… the city dresses up for Christmas
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noon break… the jazzy sound of Christmas
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just the stars…  the moon all but retires
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Monoku 3

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obsolete the snail in the mail

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shifting the crescent moon’s thin blanket

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autumn wind… colder and still getting colder

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tiger barbs… the world in an aquarium

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by the open fire coldness shies away

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beaming the sun in my heart

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hidden in the trees a different chirp

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calligraphy pen sketches that dazzle the eyes

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the way home… struggling past the railroad tracks

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a walk home… two miles of asphalt jungle

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Monoku 2

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bright morning the moon still hangs in the sky
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cobblestones the narrow road of a dream
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wave after wave the stillness of a lagoon
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low tide the shadows of smooth rocks
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this little room just an old bed and coldness
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moonlight the hawkmoth’s flight
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moon song… could it be the crickets?
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Tao Te Ching the master speaks of wu wei
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fog lights… still the eyes could barely see
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early Christmas carols in the air this November
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Monoku*

1.) the dog barks – some faint footsteps

2.) rain the cold night lulls the baby to sleep

3.) coffee cup brewing a haiku in the air

4.) aims at the Jelly Bean baby’s smile

5.) rainy morning the kettle is whistling

6.) a visit to the old wooden shack autumn leaves

7.) asphalt jungle the soothing effect of the breeze

8.) golden the flowers that share the sun

9.) grape vines the main door’s attraction

10.) autumn the last leaf falls to its golden bed

11.) black stones the fragrance of a yellow flower

12.) down the winding track and autumn leaves the Choo Choo train

13.) setting sun the asphalt road all to myself

14.) undecided to shine or not the sun

15.) setting by the Manila Bay crimson sun

16.) silver and eye-catching this ring

17.) trick or treat the festive mood ’til beyond midnight

18.) dog barks adding wings to the cloud

19.) on the walkway the leaves of autumn

20.) my grandparents’ tombs alone with sixteen candles

* A monoku is a one-liner haiku… “Monoku is a senryu/haiku with a slight enigmatic/ambiguous flavor, written in its earlier Japanese form as a one liner. A caesura (pause) may be appropriate, dictated by sense or speech rhythm,and usually very little punctuation. Seventeen syllables or less. They may also be in a sequence form.” (from: http://monoku-ichthys.blogspot.com)

Mere Fanatic?

To protect his faith

one should practice what he preach

not mere fanatic

Extinction

Deepening each day
species’ apocalypse
as men desecrate its way