jornales

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

la luna blanca (not-quite haiku) for Margaret

Re-post from July 20, 2009 for Margaret as I mentioned in a conversation on Lorca, his “la luna blanca” poems, my own Spanish-entrenched culture, and my own caged, wounded but singing heart! I realize now that these are not quite haiku. I hope you enjoy it.

1.

la luna blanca

llores en mi corazon

el silencio en la aula

(white moon

weeps in my heart–

the muted cage)

2.

los ruisenores

mosca en la noche blanca

deje heridas

(nightingales

fly into the white night

leaving wounds behind)

Listening to Julio Iglesias, I was suddenly composing these haiku in Spanish! I feel like winning the lotto! But I can’t reward myself with a million dollar “jornal”–that would not match the value of joy (alegria!!!), which, of course, is priceless. I’ll say for these haiku, I pay myself $1000.

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November 29, 2010 Posted by | language views, lyric poetry, poetry | , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Count 1234 (One Shoot Sunday)

*inspired by a photo taken during the Great Depression

1234 the counting beats
on soles the pavements
suffer through

–sorrows smudge hunger
pouting on granite
fissured by want.

Does counting
drill away the hunger?
As if to dig up

completes the burying,
hunger in bags
as crap.

What is the anatomy
of want? Under lenses
combine 1234 in thickness–

in sum, does hunger
make sense? Raking up
senselessness bares bones,

innocence the marrow.
In 1234 nothing shows but
the waiting as if

it were a birthright–
the anatomy for hunger.
Combine 1234 in lean-ness

in sum what rings up? Only
the stark stare, the rage
of hunger—the true sum.

I posted this poem for One Shoot Sunday at the One Stop Poetry blog.

Join us – throw in your verses. Here are the rules (taken directly off their blog):

1. Write a poetic piece & post it on your blog
2. Then let us know about your post. Link back to One Shot
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4. Go visit others who have signed up! Offer support & encouragement. Share your love of words and insight respectfully. Please try to visit as many participating poets as you can. We all could use and appreciate kind feedback.

November 28, 2010 Posted by | poetry, reflection | , , , , , , , , , | 22 Comments

sign board says:

sign board says:
“here love grows” pointing
nowhere

quoting from Red Dragonfly: “…wondering what you think of haiku”, if you think this is haiku…

November 26, 2010 Posted by | haiku, poetry | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

not two but hundreds … (to thank you)

not two but hundreds
of upraised pine branches—
thanks still wanting

To the One to whom our “thank yous” for blessings both those we recognize and those we can’t, and to you, generous readers, kindred souls, friends, THANK YOU.

November 25, 2010 Posted by | haiku, poetry | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

First snow (one shot Wednesday)

Hush,
heaven stealthily drops to earth in clouds that cease
breathing, wings folded on trees, prayers
poised for flight.

We walk tipped on toe-points
to taste to feel this heaven dropping,
melting, sizzling, burning through black grounds—
our iced-beings.

Hush,
heaven drops from ir-recognizable skies
on whorled grounds our rages disowned
muting prayers of those who sigh.

Hush,
though the heart has no ears.

I am posting this poem for One Shot Wednesday at the One Stop Poetry blog.
Join us – throw in your verses. Here are the rules (taken directly off their blog):
1. Write a poetic piece & post it on your blog
2. Then let us know about your post. Link back to One Shot
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4. Go visit others who have signed up! Offer support & encouragement. Share your love of words and insight respectfully. Please try to visit as many participating poets as you can. We all could use and appreciate kind feedback.

November 24, 2010 Posted by | poetry | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

blizzard

blizzard–
the slanting lines, piercing lines
our locked hands

November 23, 2010 Posted by | haiku, poetry | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

canyon evening sequence (one shoot Sunday)

*inspired by a photograph of Trent Chau

rattling the air
the cawing of crows—
our flight hours more

sunset
breaches rain-swept horizon
where embers sizzle

clouds wash
the canyon fissures,
draining our fears

from dreams
shadows rise fracturing
evening fall

canyon evening—
wind tracks to follow
the shimmering light

I posted this poem for One Shoot Sunday at the One Stop Poetry blog.

Join us – throw in your verses. Here are the rules (taken directly off their blog):

1. Write a poetic piece & post it on your blog
2. Then let us know about your post. Link back to One Shot
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4. Go visit others who have signed up! Offer support & encouragement. Share your love of words and insight respectfully. Please try to visit as many participating poets as you can. We all could use and appreciate kind feedback.

November 21, 2010 Posted by | poetry, sequence | , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

pregnant moon

pregnant moon
out of dark clouds into the light
on to my turns

November 18, 2010 Posted by | haiku, poetry | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

paper moon

paper moon—
too high
for the autumn wind

by Alegria Imperial 9th place haiku kukai Sketchbook 5-5 SepOct 2010

I am posting this poem for One Shot Wednesday at the One Stop Poetry blog.

Join us – throw in your verses. Here are the rules (taken directly off their blog):

1. Write a poetic piece & post it on your blog
2. Then let us know about your post. Link back to One Shot
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4. Go visit others who have signed up! Offer support & encouragement. Share your love of words and insight respectfully. Please try to visit as many participating poets as you can. We all could use and appreciate kind feedback.

November 17, 2010 Posted by | haiku, poetry | , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

ember/beggang (iluko/english haiku )

morning ember
fanned
by broken word

beggang ti agsapa
naparubruban
ti puted a sarita

I wrote the original in Iluko, the language I was born with but hardly spoke and never written with as an adult, trading it with English, a borrowed language I thought was really mine. Iluko of the northernmost edge of the Philippine archipelago traces its roots in Austronesian language. Rediscovering it has been exhalarating! The truth is, I am writing in both languages now with a deeper sense of where both seem to spring from–my being.

November 16, 2010 Posted by | haiku, language views, poetry | , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments