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POET AND POEMS OF THE MONTH

ATTY. RAFAEL E. EVANGELISTA




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OCTOBER 2015

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ATTY. RAFAEL E. EVANGELISTA

Rafael E. Evangelista is a lawyer by profession, having been a partner of the international law firm, Baker and Mckenzie. He has outstanding accomplishments in many other fields, holding leadership and other key positions in professional, business and banking, socio-civic, and academic organizations. He is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and of Georgetown University in the U.S. Among other posts, he is presently the Consul, a.h., of the Republic of Lithuania to the Philippines.

Although he considers his love for writing, specially poetry, as a hobby, his passion for this pursuit manifests itself in the fact that he has written over 5,000 poems in the Haiku genré alone, aside from other verse forms. He has finally decided to publish in book form his voluminous body of poetry work.

 

SELECTED POEMS

 

Thirst Quencher

 

The nearby lagoon
Thirstily fills up with the
Sudden summer rain.

 

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Blush

 

The dark green rice fields,
Belched at by the scorching sun,
Blush a bright yellow.

 

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Fog

 

Flitting through the trees,
The damp fog clings to branches,
To avoid the harsh sun.

 

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Winging Home

 

The skyways fill with
Featured migrants on the wing
Due north, homeward bound.

 

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Last Drop

 

The frog scans the sky.
The clouds have long disappeared,
As the last drop falls.

 

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High Shade

 

The sparrows soar to
Where clouds gather to hide
From the blazing sun.

 

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Campfire Dance

 

Beyond the campfire,
Shadows dance in slow motion
To the flame’s music.

 

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Winter Memories

 

The spring sun dazzles,
But winter memories stay
Amidst the embers.

 

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Winter Geese

 

In the early dawn,
Honking calls of winter geese
Piercing summer skies.

 

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Lunch

 

The farmer lunches
On the crickets that he caught
Eating his garden.

 

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Gold Floss

 

Rugged mountain peaks
Floss their jagged teeth with gold
Threads of the morning.

 

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Serpent Roads

 

Oppressive heat starts
Beating down on roads wiggling
Like snakes in the sun.

 

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Clinging

 

A morning dew drop
Clings unto a shriveled leaf
Burnt brown by the sun.

 

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Question

 

The little boy wonders
If horses on the go-rounds
Ever get tired.

 

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Fan

 

The forest monkey
Seeks to beat the summer heat
With a fan of leaves.

 

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Night Song

 

In the night’s stillness,
The wind chimes search for a breeze
That will pluck the song.

 

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Celestial Painter

 

Last night, there was one.
Now thousand of stars appear.
Who paints the heavens?

 

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Orange Elves

 

Darting in and out,
Swirling inside the campfire,
Winking orange elves.

 

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Magic Blanket

 

A blanket of mist
Magically beautiful
Rising from the steep falls.

 

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Saved By The Bells

 

Upset by the bells,
The owl flees the belfry
Where a plump mouse hides.

 

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Crushed Petals

 

The child dances on
Crushed petals fallen with rain,
Perfuming the day.

 

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Hardened

 

The steel door slams shut,
Shutting out both light and rain,
Hardening the heart.

 

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Heartbreak

 

A lonely bird calls
Under wide and starry skies
With a breaking heart.

 

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Thunderstorm

 

The roll of dark drums
Shatters the night’s quietude
With the screams of light.

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