Archive for May, 2011

May 31, 2011

Ilocano haiku #74

Saksi

Tengnga’t rabii
Bulan laeng ti saksi
Dagiti libbi

Witness

At midnight
The moon is the only witness
Of all these sadness

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May 30, 2011

Ilocano haiku #73

Natadem

Daniw nga haiku
Ababa ngem natadem
Sumukdal puso

Sharp

The haiku poem
Short but sharp
It reaches the heart

May 27, 2011

Ilocano haiku #72

Maysa

Maysa pay kunak
Ket maysan to manen, intan.
Maysan to manen.

One

One more, I say.
And one more then, let’s go.
And then one more again.

May 26, 2011

Ilocano haiku #71

Katukad

Pul-oy ti angin
Katukad ti karkarim
Adda, ngem awan.

Measure

The blowing wind
Is the measure of your promise
It’s there, but gone.

May 25, 2011

Ilocano haiku #70

Ungor

Umarasaas,
Ungor ti panunot ko:
“Wen, agdaniw ka.”

Rumbling

It whispers,
The rumbling in my mind:
“Go, write poems.”

May 24, 2011

Ilocano haiku #69

Raman

Maamwam kadi
Raman ti kinasam-it
No awan pait?

Taste

Would you know
The taste of sweetness
Without bitterness?

May 23, 2011

Ilocano haiku #68

Gatad

Ti pagragsakam:
Ti gatad ti kararwam
Nangisukatam.

Value

Your happiness:
The value of your soul
You traded with.

May 20, 2011

Ilocano haiku #67

Caldo

Kas arroz caldo
Idasar ken iyanay ko
Amin-amin ko

Porridge

Like rice porridge
I’ll serve and make enough
Everything I got

May 19, 2011

Ilocano haiku #66

Namaga

Iti tangatang,
Ul-ulep ket namaga.
Mawaw ti daga.

Dry

In the skies,
The clouds are dry.
The earth thirsts.

May 18, 2011

Ilocano haiku #65

Sabat

Inta agsabat?
Ket agpalpalaudka,
Agpadayaak?

Meet

Are we going to meet?
When you’re going west
And I’m going east?