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NOVEMBER 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.

Below are his thoughts on HAIKU, taken from his latest book “Poet on a Motorcycle”, which was launched last September 2016:

 

 

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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Nature’s Show

I.
Rain
Drizzle and torrent,
pianissimo and forte —
the rain in concert.
II.
Spring
From dreams of pure white
sleeping Nature awakens
to stark colors — Spring!
III.
Autumn
Autumn now transforms
summer’s bright-green world to gold —
nature’s alchemist!
IV.
Sky
Blue, grey, orange, red,
white, black, various hues and shades —
God’s palette, the sky.
V.
Blooms
It’s raining colors
in a grassy sea of green —
a bloom-splashed garden.
VI.
Sea
Serene or restless
the sea pulsates with rhythm
like a living heart.
VII.
Moon
Now behind some clouds,
now beaming —the moon’s a child
playing hide-and-seek.
VIII.
Stars
From a plain black veil
the sky comes alive with stars —
sequins of the night.
IX.
Sun – Two Faces
Like a warm mother
the sun gently wakes us up —
“Greet the blessed day”
Like a drill sergeant
the sun jolts us from deep sleep —
“Face today’s battle!”
X.
Sold-out Show
It’s a sold-out-show —
the sun, the moon and the stars
act on the sky’s stage!

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Lover’s Letters

I.
Wine
I read your letter,
tasting, sipping every word —
what delicious wine!
II.
Starved
I read your letter,
lonely, gobbling up whole lines —
like a starving wolf.
III.
Nourishment
I read your letter,
Pure nourishment for my heart —
food, drink for my soul.
IV.
Dessert
I read your letter,
t’was sweet and soft and creamy —
true divine dessert.
V.
Poison
I read your letter,
the goodbye was gut-wrenching —
black, bitter poison.

 

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