a crabby haiku

of crabs and mentalities 

why do you get blamed
for their own mentalities?
o crab, you’re just fine.

© said sadain, jr. 2018 

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the wind will have its purpose

 

the wind will have its purpose

the wind ruffles my thoughts
that cling like leaves to branches,

a tree takes root, a bird must fly
and leaves will whisper to the wind

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mt. tumantangis

mt. tumantangis

(from the collection: Mt. Tumantangis and Other Poems on Sulu)

she lays open the breast to the sea
and crouches low enough to ward off the winds,
her brows impose the wisdom of the time
harder than the jutting rocks, yet gentle
as the blue of the sky that crowns.

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arrivals

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Arrivals, an image of naval boats and soldiers disembarking, mashed up by SSJ from Internet images found here and here

arrivals

(from the collection: Mt. Tumantangis and Other Poems on Sulu)

the wharf is like the season’s face
it marks the time,
the coming and the going
witness the breeze dive
to kiss the expectant waves,
or the wind howl to shake
the complacent crests,
the gray iron boat approaches
as a plundering heap.

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Devora de Bris

Devora de Bris,
she breaks her fast
with dwindling hydrogen thrust,
toasted titanium
and a cracked cranium,

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the calm

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A typical scene in Sulu & Tawi-tawi islands, when calmness is a boat cradled by the gentle sea in the safety of a wharf on a breezy, sunny day. Photo of a Simunul Island wharf by Harly Limlingan Marcuap of http://www.akrosdayunibers.com, 2013.

the calm

(from the collection: Mt. Tumantangis and Other Poems on Sulu)

it haunts the people’s dream of comfort too.
the cozy rooms, the furnished halls
drive the cold out into the night
and into the poor man’s house, it nurses
the bleeding lungs, the muted mouth.
and when a launch docks beside the wharf
with shrill hoots in the early dawn
arrival is no more wakeful than
departures in the afternoon.

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the waves of sulu

(All photos are courtesy of Harly Limlingan Marcuap of http://www.akrosdayunibers.com)

 

the waves of sulu

a boy contemplates the nipa huts
beneath the coconut trees as a patch
firewoods for the sacrificial pyre
and the land heaves beside the waves.
he rows as a speck in the sea
his arms full now, his eyes deep
scan the point on the beach
where once a father had dearly bled.

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