for a moment of joy or moments no one pays for, i give myself a ‘jornal’. this makes me rich. try it.

in the rain-haiku

It rained a bit today, fine like baby’s hair unlike the whoosh of sudden rain I got soaked in one afternoon at the Van Dusen gardens. For that memory and this haiku, I add another $500 for my ‘jornal’.

a sudden rain–

children run for shade

under the weeping spruce


June 28, 2009 Posted by | haiku, poetry | , | 2 Comments

white moon-haiku

When a haiku moment sparks, I must be awake. I’m glad I was when it flashed just now. This must have come from a memory; it could have happened during one of my daily walks–a moment that did not mean anything then, until it was distilled as this haiku. Precious as it is, I must give myself another $500 as ‘jornal’. I hope you agree with me.


white moon

over the crown of maples

his face when I left

June 25, 2009 Posted by | haiku | , | Leave a comment


It’s been a long time since I earned a ‘jornal’. For this first haiku moment in weeks I give myself $500 because of its element of surprise. It swept me on my quite walk this afternoon at Fraser River Park close to where I live. I hope you agree with me.

sudden snowstorm

on a late spring walk–

but cottonwood blooms

June 21, 2009 Posted by | haiku | , | 4 Comments


How much can I possibly give my own self a jornal for this priceless rediscovery of the dialect–one of 87 but among the five major dialects in the Philippines–I was born with it but lost from lack of usage when I was in my teens? Nobody can imagine my endless exhilaration everytime a poem leaps off my breast: the sound of each word, the image it conjures, the spirit around which an old or new world unravels are beyond … words. It’s priceless! If you could, this time, would you please pay me a jornal for it?


batbato inta
sabsabong ti sardam

on the riverbank
dawn flowers 


daluyon iti
tengga’t aldaw
arasaas mo

at high tide
your whispers 


bulan nga
nagpakada kadi?

setting moon
in the east
did you say goodbye? 


a pagay
tedted ti lulua

pulled strands
of rice grain
tear drops


dagiti bulbulong
nga agtataray
lenned diay laud

of leaves
sun set

Alegria Imperial at LYNX XXIV 1 February 2009 /also PoemShape/and bilingual pen/and


June 1, 2009 Posted by | haiku | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment