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DECEMBER 2016

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VIRGILIO A. YUZON

 

Gil Yuzon is the President of UPLI.

For November and December 2016. Gil Yuzon focuses on his interpretation of HAIKU, a Traditional Japanese poetic form.

For December, Mr. Yuzon continues with his HAIKU poetry based on his interpretation of this Japanese form, as he explained in his introduction in November, which is reproduced below.

 

HAIKU FOR TODAY

Haiku is originally a short Japanese poetic form with specific characteristics. It traditionally deals imagistically with an aspect of nature or the seasons, subtly leading to some insight or feeling. HAIKU has been adopted into English (and other languages) with many variations in subject and form, but the traditional three-line, seventeen syllable (5-7-5) structure persists as the closest equivalent of the original (predominant but not exclusive) Japanese form.

The primary appeal of Haiku comes from the juxtaposition of two images or ideas, and its conduciveness to subsequent personal reflection and interpretation by the reader. But I have also found it well-suited for virtually any subject, like other poetry forms, and not necessarily dealing in subtleties and the obvious juxtaposition of images and ideas. This may sound too free-wheeling, but I have found adhering to the discipline of the 5-7-5 syllabic form effective in distilling and expressing virtually any subject at hand.

The reader can best judge and appreciate the worthiness of this attempt..

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World Conflict

I.

Boils

Terror, rebellion,
civil strife and invasion —
boils on the world’s skin.

 

II.

Shame

Armed conflicts create
refugees by the millions —
humanity’s shame.

 

III.

Plague

Mass executions,
massacres and genocide —
today’s new Black Plague.

 

IV.

Defiled

Sanctuaries attacked,
temples, churches, mosques defiled —
sacredness is dead.

 

V.

Cheap

Children’s schools’ are bombed
and rockets are fired at large —
human life is cheap.

 

VI.

Collateral

Innocent life lost
is collateral damage —
what’s the moral cost?

 

VII.

Sport

The new deadly sport —
in a random shooter’s sights
all are sitting ducks.

 

VIII.

Galleries

Airports, trains, school rooms —
the new shooting galleries
for misfits gone mad.

 

IX.

Beheaded

The new barbarians:
“Life, history and culture —
simply behead them.”

 

X.

Proud

In this twisted world —
after their deadly orgies,
murderers stand proud.

 

XI.

One

It’s man against man —
have we truly forgotten
that we are all one?

 

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Those Who Serve

I.

Waitress

Serving food smiling,
Waiting on your every wish —
your dinner genie.

 

II.

Masseuse

Medium, soft or hard?
Lotion, oil or shiatsu dry?—
then comes the deft touch.

 

III.

Caddy

Ask for a new ball.
your putter, wood or iron —
each there in a flash.

 

IV.

Locker attendant

Your glass of water,
your locker key, your towel —
all there when you come.

 

V.

Barber

Trim a little here,
a little there—precious hair
shaped with precision.

 

VI.

Househelp

Untiring, serving
at all hours day and night,—
and not a complaint.

 

VII.

Chauffeur

Not just a driver
but a jack-of-all-trades too —
gem for car and home.

 

VIII.

Secretary

Calling, scheduling,
typing documents all day —
your tireless wizard.

 

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