Tuesday, January 29, 2008

revising my poem

I decided to revise my recent poem after, amazingly in a dream, "someone" suggested that I add it up:

The breeze whispers
your name again
gentle cascades remind me
of your wavy hair
such cream colored shore mimic
the supple tone of your skin
you are not by my side
yet you are everywhere

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


I tried recalling this poem, in which its original got misplaced after an impromptu composition for valentines years ago; sometimes I felt it would better be left unspoken and remain with one's precious, ethereal moments...

The breeze whispers
your name again
gentle cascades remind me
of your wavy hair
you are not by my side
yet, you are everywhere

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


I wrote this poem many years ago while on 'moody mode'. Although the city I'm in may not necessarily be near-perfect, I still like it. Davao is dubbed our country's most livable city. I live south of it and sometimes when I get silly thought of going back in time and changing things, I get weird stating that I'd change the place where I grew up, but still preferably anywhere within this city.

I strolled by the city
I was with cold concrete
There were strangers and they were
fragments of those whom I met

But I saw strangers
their shadows without faces
with voices without words
walking in paths nobody sees

I looked at my shadow
neither do I see my face
my words were mute; I was alone
the path does not fill numbers

Perhaps in a world of strangers
crude gifts are accepted by frail hands
the foolish laugh and fall like drying leaves
and one who knows will be a friend

Sunday, September 23, 2007


This essay was actually first written nearly 10 years ago, and had been printed on a local magazine supplement. The red bike was stolen by a thief from Toril years later.

It happened many months ago. I could have written it earlier but for some reasons, only recently had I got the mood. I’m quiet amused by it, particularly with the interplay of the dominant color, Red. It seemed that the events came straight out of a fictitious script, but skepticism is the last thing I need, so I assure again that these events did happen.

After some savings, and maybe luck (if I care to believe in such a word), I was able to scout the store for my particular dream, a mountain bike. They had on display some greens, black, purple, red, and whoa- blue. But the blue bike costs a few more, and my pocket itched that it’s not on the budget. Beside it was a red bike. No way, reds could do well for extroverts and, as my friends claim, I’m not.

But I noticed upon closer observation that it was not the bright flashy red I had in mind. It’s not red, it’s maroon, I said. Luckily, some unknown guy who seemed to know a lot about bikes raved about its clutch, brakes, and quiet convincing at that (thanks, pal). So off I went with my red, er, maroon bike.

My childhood buddy, on seeing my bike, drilled “Why did you choose red?” It’s not red, it’s maroon, I retorted.

One day, I decided to take my bike, and myself, on a rough and tumble test to a place thousands of feet high above the small, noisy town of Toril, in a place called Eden. I once had a friend who went there with his bike, and it gave a challenge. It will be a personal record of sorts, I nudged. Taking some provisions of snack and a book, I’m on my way. I was too excited to check on my bike.

The bike was doing well, I assured as I climbed up a steep hill more than half an hour later. Suddenly, something sounded like a screech! And the pedal started to hit hard. I tinkered on my bike and found out that a nut had loosened up. The wheel reacted in a precarious angle and wedged itself tightly into the frame. Nuts, exclaimed me.

Determined not to let anything, even my bike, ruin my day, I waited a while and flag any incoming vehicle for a wrench. A guy on motorcycle apologized, he had his tool on some other place. I couldn’t flag down those tinted 4x4’s, I can’t afford to get a snub.
I decided to spend my time reading. Luckily, I brought my book. The story was set by a house near the Irish sea, with a landscape of bogs, mossy rocks and dull, gray skies. I traveled to a distant land as I read on.

We would lay nightlines, in our rare moment of tranquility, on a beach below the terrace where our house was…I first saw from the top window, she clutched her coat around her, held her music up to protect her face from the spray and laughed as she struggled with the wind. A wave hit her, nearly knocked her sideways and she stopped for a moment to regain her breath. I saw…

…A red Volkswagen trudging down the dusty road. Immediately I waved a hand. The passengers were a quaint, old couple. I delivered my side and asked for a favor if I could have a few moments with their wrench. They looked at each other. I noticed some uncomfortable movement from the wife. I asked if they’re in a hurry. The wife nodded, “moadto pa mi sa bukid,” (we still have to go up to the mountain) she smiled, coldly. “Ninaog man lagi mo palayo sa bukid?” (how come you’re going away from the mountain?), I was tempted to ask. No matter, I decided not to waste an uncomfortable time and thanked them anyway. The volks continued puff-puffing down the road. Besides, I did not like red anyway.

I returned and picked up my book and ate my snack. The scorching sun was relentless. A little girl over there was nagging at the top of her lungs at the boys on a tree behind me. They were stealing her guavas.

Then the red truck came. I thumbed up and it stopped before me. I could see on its window posters of half naked women looking foxily at me. Ah, a driver-na-sweet lover kind of guy (this phrase were often posted as stickers on some Philippine jeepneys). Any self-righteous nut could easily judge less of him.

I told him about my dilemma and asked for his aid. Not only did the man readily hand me his adjustable wrench, but he also sent his assistant to help me. A few minutes later, the problem was fixed. Profusely I thanked him and his assistant as they drove on.

I gazed at the man and the boy, on a red truck with naked posters. He was an image of a modern-day Samaritan. Man, you are in for a record.

Hours later I finally reached the crossroads of Eden. The place was so high that the city of Davao looked like clusters of tiny pebbles. The mountain air was cool as I savored the achievement. My bike, the red volks and the red truck played on my mind. Then it started to trickle.

The downhill road drove my bike fast, but nevertheless the resounding rain had me drenched. I arrived home really dripping wet. But what the heck, an amusing experience that was.

Sunday, September 2, 2007


My tribute to the regal lady with sparkling white hair, from enchanting Marilog.

A regal lady washes
Her crystalline white hair
In a sparkling gem basin;

Her skin supple and clear
Her garment of velvet green decked
With jewels of jade and emeralds

And a string of strawberry rubies.

She welcomes with droplets
Of cool dewdrop kisses
In this wistful, charming land.

Her royal court embellishes
Her beauty with pompous aisles,
Lush fans and showers of golden flakes.

Trees with slithering roots
Were like statuesque snakes
Tamed by her ethereal charms

And her loyal subject, a
red dragonfly landed
on our fingers.

Thursday, August 23, 2007


This elation expressed in poem occured before we encountered the climactic scene, in the real-account essay 'The Silent, Mysterious Witness.'

Cross the street
Of rocks and writhe
Search a piece of wit.

Along the way the woodwords say
Strawberry Jams for sale!

Slippery sweetly red
And ripened berries
Slither in your lips

Little kids with lithe cheeks
Mothers' hearty smiling lips

Will little girl take us there
Quaint cottage, ripply water?

Greeting flowers dweller and creep
Taste sweet water of limestone creek.

Bye smiling ladies!
And little girl, thanks to you...

Kinda' notice with little girl's face
Radiant sweet as strawberry ways!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

5:30 More or Less

In a passing time one afternoon with the nudging gravity of the radiant moon affecting my musings like high tide...

this afternoon
I am at the beach
on a rock
in knee deep waters
with the bright lit moon
above me in a blue sky
turning indigo
with purple hues and clusters
of white-gray clouds
floating by