Taming This Tyke's Voice Since 2007

Philippines’ Snapshots (Haiku)


Damselfly hovers  

 On reeds, birds’ broods are nestled

Fishes swim beneath.


Farmer’s makeshift hut

Hedged in by verdant paddies

Awaiting harvest.


 What’s that noise I hear?

Ah, frogs in the pond croaking

Praise God for the rain.



6 responses

  1. These are lovely snapshots. The imagery is vivid!

    You mentioned the rules of Haiku before…what are the rules? Do you try to stick to them or do you just let it flow?


    PM00000020000000131 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  2. i think i have read these ‘kus before jeques. lol, made me miss philippines again. haha. just one day old in thailand.

    @M, haikus has 5-7-5 pattern. but deviating from the “traditional” ‘kus are widely accepted nowadaya. 🙂

    PM00000050000005631 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  3. J,

    I just looked at your paintings on Flickr. I particularly like ‘Reflections’ – your use of light and shading, and style with impressionist elements is very good. Its a beautiful painting.

    I’ve often thought of trying oil painting, but have never started. I used to paint in acrylics at school, and later a bit in watercolour, and I still want to try oil painting – it seems to offer more scope than other paint types.


    BTW, what is the ‘traditional’ haiku style? Is it more complex? Can it be translated effectively into English?

    PM000000110000001531 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm12

  4. M,

    I posted a blog that thoroughly discussed the Haiku. I don’t know if you have read it: “Discovering Haiku While I Am Waiting”
    Here’s the link:


    It is long though, because I infused in it my journey of coming here. Included are my 10-piece series Haiku/Senryu, “Filipino Immigration” to clearly illustrate the Haiku form. I recently found other materials about the Haiku, and if I have time, I will post another blog discussing the form. Haiku is one of my favorites poetry form.

    I’m looking forward reading Haiku pieces from you. Your background and the beautiful natural beauty of your place I’m sure are rich sources of inspirations.

    And oh, you paint, too?! Wow, another something in common. I started with watercolor, too, back in college when I still could not afford oil color and its materials. As I’ve mentioned I don’t really have formal education but I thought I was born an artist and it all just came out naturally. I’m a self-taught, I experiment when I’m infront of the canvas and let the moment possess me. Thank you for visiting my flickr space. Nobody is there often. We will have another topic to discuss soon, paintings. I wish you inspirations and hope to see your artworks soon.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000010000001331 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  5. Totomai,

    I’m glad you had a woderful home-coming to the Philippines and safely returned to Thailand. I know the memories of your recent trip still flicker in your mind and my snapshots of the Philippines in Haiku remind you of them. Yup, these are from the pinoyexchange thread, I’m copying some of my posts there and transfer them here, I forgot them being so absorbed with my web nook now.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

    AM00000010000002931 10, 2007 at 12:00 am12

  6. Interesting pieces. I was googling something and came across this entry.

    AM000000110000002531 10, 2007 at 12:00 am07

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