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

haiku on the beach, tides, the sea (at NaHaiWriMo)

the sea in Ilocos Norte, the northermost province of the 7,100 islands of the Philippine archipelago, a scene I so miss. Photo by Raymond Ramos, a cousin in the 3rd degree,

when shifting tides
shift the codes–

digging into sand dunes–
a pale sunlight

squalling seagulls–
scanning empty shorelines
for chances we’ve lost

Cape Bojeador*–
we measure heights of billows
against our skies

*built by the Spaniards a lighthouse in Cape Bojeador in the northernmost tip of the Philippine archipelago juts out with a promontory as if into the sea where one may view giant waves crashing against each other and not only on high cliffs but mid-sea. On closer look at the waters, you may see a difference of hue—this is the point where the Pacific Ocean meets the China Sea, a truly stunning sight.


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  1. Alegria, I love the last one . . . and your explanation. Gracias, hermana!

    east meets west . . .
    under a summer sky
    all the shades of blue

    Comment by Margaret Dornaus | June 28, 2011 | Reply

    • Mil gracias, mi hermana! And what a wonderful haiku you so crafted for our friendship!!! I so love it so much so that now I start dreaming of meeting you at a vineyard someday. And perhaps under a

      vineyard in the sun–
      we lean on grape twigs
      entwining thoughts

      Comment by alee9 | June 28, 2011 | Reply

  2. Oh, I love that . . . the idea of it–meeting in a vineyard–and the ideal of it–we lean on grape twigs entwining thoughts. Thank you, hermana!

    Comment by Margaret Dornaus | June 29, 2011 | Reply

    • The more I think about it, the more I wish for it! A really wonderful idea, isn’t it? I love looking and being close to grapevines–I find them quite romantic! Thanks again, hermana!

      Comment by alee9 | June 30, 2011 | Reply

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