This Mighty Economist

2

















Life is an economist that requires trade-offs;

ever requiring us to give up something for the sake of another;

ever demanding us to consider the costs and benefits of the choices we make;

ever instilling rationality;

ever imposing equality;

ever upholding standards;

ever securing purpose.







A diehard crusader of meaning,

. . . always rallying for vision;

always arguing for continuum;

always vigilant of opportunities;

always passionate in resolving scarcity of ways and means.






. . . ultimately ensuring we are giving our best; our very all

to our endeavors;

to our aspirations;

to our hope and dreams; even

to friendship and love

we build and keep.















Dancing Our Sanity Away

16

September Morn








– Originally written and posted on August 14, 2014 –








A dance
under the moonlight
and on top the hill,
where city lights
and stars
are witnessing:



Me–
grinning
in a red haltered dress
and blue stilletos;
playfully wiggling
my hips
to grace.



You–
gearing
in a black sleek suit
and white checkered tie,
seriously advancing
your steps
towards my way.



As the mono plays
while our song
fills the air:
your right hand
locked
on my waist
to stay;
While my lips,
laced
on the auricle
of your left,
blowing our sanity
away.
















Their Fairytale

14

 


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What could be more tragic
than a love
that never
comes into life?




Is there anything
more melancholy
than a song
unsung?




What could be more piercing
than keeping blank negatives
of photographs
of a dream
never meant to realize?




Is there anything
more agonizing
than seeing two hands
dying to hold each other,
but their fingers
never made it through?







Coz though tears
may not be flowing visibly;
And though groans
may not be roaring loudly;




her heart is drenched,
as his soul remains aching
for their fairytale
they know is true.










POSTS TO READ:
ARTS
Ether Released
By Marina Kanavaki
http://marinakanavaki.com/2015/04/16/ether-released/

Guide Me Back—A Featured Art Print
By Kirt D Tisdale
http://thewallgalleryblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/guide-me-back-a-featured-art-print/



NON-FICTION
A Noi Due
By Simona
http://imieialtiebassi.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/a-noi-due/

Amethyst, Earth and Glory
By Amras888
http://amras888.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/amethyst-earth-and-glory/

Gif Animaux Droles
By Dominique
http://gifsdomi.com/2015/04/16/gif-animaux-droles-196/

Intre Cer Si Pamant
By Danaiana
http://danaiana.com/2015/04/10/intre-cer-si-pamant/

Maybe Tomorrow
By Acacia (Palestine Rose)
http://aplacecalledlove.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/maybe-tomorrow/

Queen Califias Magic Circle
By Cindy Knoke
http://cindyknoke.com/2015/04/12/queen-califias-magic-circle/

Sue the Night
By Japkroon
http://jaapkroon.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/sue-the-night/

To the Nines
By Clouds N Cups
http://cloudsncups.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/to-the-nines/

Welcome to Walnut Creek
By YesEvenThisTooWillPass
http://yeseventhistoowillpas.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/welcome-to-walnut-creek/



PHOTOGRAPHY
Chimneys
By Sedge808
http://sedge808.com/2015/04/12/chimneys/

Ex Silentio
By Doru
http://atdoru.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/ex-silentio-77/

My Angel. . .Mona
By Paul Militaru
http://photopaulm.com/2015/04/12/my-angel-mona/



POETRY
Atmospheric Defiance Poem
By Maria F
http://tropicalfloweringzone.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/atmospheric-compliance-poem/

Come Sit Down with Me by Michael Leunig
By Russel Boyle
http://russellboyle.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/come-sit-down-beside-me-by-michael-leunig/

De Noi A Depins Si Depinde
By Lleana
http://doareuileana.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/de-noi-a-depins-si-depinde/

Ecco Mormorar L’Onde
By Maverick
http://maverickmist.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/ecco-mormorar-londe/

El Beso Perdido
By Julie Sopetran
http://eltiempohabitado.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/el-beso-perdido/

Fiery Passion
By Brad’sWriting to Freedom
http://writingtofreedom.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/fiery-passion/

Her Flower Smile
By AshiAkira
http://ashiakira.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/her-flowery-smile/

Shades of Doubt
By Ellie Belfiglio
http://elliebelfiglio.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/shades-of-doubt/

Sketches of Suburban Afternoon
By John Flanagan
http://johnpoetflanagan.com/2015/04/07/sketches-of-suburban-afternoon/

Ten Seconds
By Phen Weston
http://darknesswarmth.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/ten-seconds/

To Sarit
By Esther Ling
http://hortusclosus.wordpress.com/2015/04/17/to-sarit/






When Heart Fails to Find Its Way Home

16


Like a Kite.4






Home says:





It’s okay.
You don’t have to explain
why you’re away,
where are you at,
who you’re with,
neither,
why you’re there
(and not here).


It’s not because,
I am not
interested
to hear your story;
Nor,
I am not concerned
at all;
Or I am not taking
your word for it.


It’s just that,
to know you’re well
and safe,
and happy–
and HAPPY–
I am but relieved.


For more than
this silly wish
to be with you–
I always pray–
always, always pray–
for your happiness–
even if it means,
us, being always apart;
or being away from each other for so long;
or you, being forever far away
from me.












Related Post:
When Heart Finds Its Way Home










The Very Essence of a Woman

29



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The very essence
of a woman,
is to carry life
in her womb;
And to be
in the arms of . . .
 
 
. . . a man,
who
loves and cherishes her
as his priceless
treasure.

. . . a man,
who
is confident enough
to bring out
the best woman
in her.

. . . a man
who
is strong enough
to embrace her
not just as a lover,
but as his soul-mate
and lifetime partner.

. . . a man
who
is brave enough
to hold her hand
and look into her eyes,
and say,
“You complete me.”
 
 
 
 

Related Post:

The Very Essence of a Man
 
 
 


Yours and Mine

11



You and I.3








One of
the toughest ironies
of life:
All that breathe
are timed,
including
You and I.





And that
everything within,
may either wilt
or turn to ash–
except,
yours and mine.





For though
our bodies
may turn to dusts,
there’d be another
two hearts
beating for each other;
two souls
so deeply entwined
just as
You and I.









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Abozdar

Amras888

AnangCozz’sBlog

AshiAkira

BeautifulButUnlikely

BulanLifeStyle

CharlyPriest

CindyKnoke

Danaina

D.Parker

EllieBelfiglio

ElTiempoHabitado

HortusClosus

InsanityBytes22

Jacque Marde Collections

loveRuben

MarinaKanavaki

PaulMilitaru

PurpleRays

Noir

The Tropical Flowering Zone

The Wandering Poet

Vulturesti

Where Words Daily Come Alive

Writing to Freedom

YaBakiEntelBaki









Have a blessed week ahead, aloha!









The Very Essence of a Man

13

The Very Essence of a Man

 

 

 

The very essence of a man,
is to build
and keep a roof
over his
and his family’s heads-
with all his might;
and, with all his strength.

And to have
in his arms:

 
 

. . . a woman,
who
is respectful enough
to follow his lead
into a world
of their own.

. . . a woman,
who
is trusting enough
to hold his hand
until their bodies repose.

. . . a woman,
who
is faithful enough
to believe him,
when he says,
“You are my home.”

 

 

 

 

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When Heart Finds Its Way Home

2

Subject to fair use; Courtesy of Google Images.

Subject to fair use; Courtesy of Google Images.









Home says,

“Where the hell have you been?

F! What took you so long?

Goodness!

Do you know how worried I am?

I have been sitting here

on this freakin’ doorstep

for hours,

no days,

no no weeks,

okay, okay

months—

I mean years.








Geez, I wanted to drive

and look for you.

But stupid blizzards

got in my f’ckin’ way.

Yeah, unbelievable.

Unbelievable indeed!







What do you mean

the nosy?

No one is here,

you crazy!

They’re gone;

all gone–

long gone.







For quite awhile,

it’s just me–

and now,

with you,

and we’re all alone . . .








. . . so alone.”















Have a good weekend everyone!
Warmest aloha from my blogs to yours.
Happy blogging!









Featured song: We’re All Alone
Featured singers: Hawaii’s Cecilio and Kapono

Angels in Disguised

4

Someone Like You

















There are gifts unwrapped.

There are blessings in disguised.

There are wingless angels amongst us

only passing by–

yet leaving prints and traces

enough to keep us alive.
























My heartfelt thanks to the following:

Acacia (Palestine Rose)

Amras888

ArcillaYFuego

AshiAkira

CedricCed

Cindy Knoke

CloudsNCups

Danaiana

Dominique

Ellie Belfiglio

Esther Ling

Irwan-OnlyPrint

IvonPrefontaine

Japkroon

Jo Robinson

Julie Sopetran

Julie Weigley

Kirt D Tisdale

Lleana

LuggageLady

Maria F

Marina Kanavaki

Maverick

Paul Militaru

Rainer Sebald

Simona

YesEvenThisTooWillPass


















 PERSONAL: My apologies for the rough submission that went through earlier. I was actually revising this poem I wrote last year. And all the while I thought, I was in a new window–for a completely different post. Apparently, I was in the old post. Sorry.

Although, I honestly don’t mind revising–because true writing–is rewriting–but it is so frustrating to deal with an erratic editor. I hope though it’s just on my end (and none of you are experiencing this hassle).

Nonetheless, thank you for bearing with me! I appreciate your patience. Have a good weekend! Thanks, and happy blogging!









Related Post:

Every Waking Breath

Featured Song: Someone Like You (originally by Jeykll and Hyde)

Featured Singer: Cheyenne

The Bridge

7


LOVE–a four-letter word
that though it sound so simple
and too ordinary,
or very elementary–
to others maybe,
but not for me.

For though the word
may really seems so common,
but when we seek
in our hearts,
we have to delve deeper,
to know
what the act truly means.

For if there’s one powerful word,
that we share in common,
other than life and death–
it is love.
For in its name we are born;
for its sake we are raised;
and only for its glory,
we are remembered best. 

I cry and anguish,
when lovers fall weak;
when they let fear,
anger,
envy,
jealousy,
prejudice,
ambitions,
differences,
doubts,
insecurities,
tragedies,
catastrophes,
tribulations,
calamities,
downfalls
and defeats–
kill love and tear them apart.

Coz no matter how hard
a relationship falls apart;
no matter how bitter the ending could be,
it remains
in our hearts–
for it exist
even long before
we are brought
to earth.
This is why
the Holy Book says,
“LOVE NEVER FAILS?”
Why can’t we take
God’s words for it?

For even the meanest felons,
and the ruthless criminals–
they too fall.
It’s just that
fate
most of the time
is unfair
that it treats us unevenly,
or maybe just as how
we treat love
so differently.

Weakened by evils
in all faces of adversities,
we often surrender to fate
and retreat to destiny.
Inflicted by the devil,
we mercy kill
the love within.
So we let our demons rule–
and we leave love unattended,
deserted,
doubted,
mocked
and taken for granted,
when it is
the most precious thing
worth cherishing forever
and ever,
and ever,
and beyond.

But no matter
how fate could be cruel,
I tell you,
love
ain’t
goin’ away.
For once it touches our hearts,
oh,
it is there to stay!

For even in absence;
amidst distance,
and against all odds,
love remains.
It could move a little,
or might not be
in our very core,
but it is there–
always there–
deep,
deep,
deep down there.

For more powerful
than the blood
running in our veins:
Love,
in defiance of fate,
remains–
and will always
remain!

Because,
only love
has the power
to make us whole,
or bury us alive
in the deepest hole.

But,
if we hang on to it,
no matter how rough
the challenges could be,
and regardless how tough
its ironies may seem,
faith will walk us through
the beautiful bridge of happiness.
And all we gotta do,
is just to hang on.

Because,
it is never about falling.
For love survives
and thrives
only
by holding on.
How I know?
Please.
Please,
please, please believe me,
I am going through it all.

 
 
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Sing It

17

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No face
deserves a frown;
no mouth
deserves dus and pees.

 
 
For cheeks,
are not buckets, nor basins.
For lips,
are not toilets, nor sewers.

 
 
For minds,
are not trashcans, nor dumpsters.
For hearts,
are not war fields, nor cemeteries.

 
 
Coz no matter how tough;
no matter how bad;
no matter how ugly and sad,
happiness is always just few notes away.

 
 
 
 
“So,
just sing.”
Sing Sing,
sing,

 
 
 
sing a poem.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posts to Read:

Akoestisch genieten van Krater en Grey Lotus by JaapKroon

Always At Your Service by CloudsNCups

Ask – Seek – Knock. . . a reblog by Yeseventhistoowillpass

Awesome Stories 214 by Writing to Freedom

Butterfly Meets Flower by AshiAkira

Day 4 Mer de Glace, Montenvers, Chamomix, France by BulanLifeStyle

Dreamland by HortusClosus

Eo Nomine by Vulturesti

Four Micropoems by YouMustSufferMeToGoMyOwnDarkWay

Lavander, Passion & Furbees by CindyKnoke

Narrow and Arduous Is the Path by PurpleRays

NightIsYoung by Abozdar

Paradise, Jannah. . . by YaBakiEntelBaki

Pe Curand by ArtaSiNatura

Soneto A Atienza by ElTiempoHabitado

Springing Into Action by Jet Eliot

Supper’s Ready/Chapter 19 by BeautifulButUnlikely

The Foot of a Hill by Amras888

Wiliam Burroughs: The Possessed by Tobedamit

Willows on Spring by PaulMilitaru
 
 
 
 
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Incomprehensibly Yours

8



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Why is the shore
so gullible to the waves?

Why is the sky
so lenient to the sun?

Why are the flowers
so generous to the butterflies?

There are a-hundred-and-one things in this world,
which are beyond our understanding–
and amid happening before our naked eyes.

But why decipher
and exhaust ourselves
in finding reasons here and there?

Coz if you really want to know,
you need an open heart to see
and a compassionate soul to comprehend. . .

such hallow beauty
of such ironies
in life.





















Where, Where, Where Is It?

22



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Is it among those sparkling stars above;
something too majestic,
yet too high
for a human heart
to reach?






Is it down there in the deepest sea,
hiding in corals of paler shades of pearl and deeper moss of green;
or too buried in the hallow salt and pepper sands
that only the bravest
could feel?






Or is it treacherously hiding
in red-orange and yellow-gold streaks
of the horizon,
too blazing for the
wistfully longing she?






Or maybe it’s the missing note
to the unfinished melody
that she tearfully hums
as the sun goes down, until her tears run dry
and she falls asleep?






But where?
Where,
where,
where
is he?












This Homo Sapien

6

 

 

Revised and reposted as follows:

 
 
HGenome
 
 

Earth’s Greatest Legacy

 
 

In the vast savanna of Africa,
I came to life.
But unlike my cousins,
who lived million years
before me,
I did not inhabit the trees.

 

I did hunt and join gatherers,
so I may live.
I roamed and thrived in Africa,
and colonized
different corners of the world
through persistence hunting
and the agility
of my bipedal feet.

 

I survived wilderness
through the culture
more powerful than the blood
running in my stream.

 

A victim of melting ice
and rising sea levels,
I had to walk and walk
as a nomad,
until I found the rich soils
to plant the foods
that gave me heat.

 

Though always bullied
by climate change,
I knew:
I should be a guardian
of nature,
or a loyal friend at least,
but never as an enemy–
more so,
its worst enemy.

 

Tricked by this-worldly side of me,
I was a slave
of my whims and needs.

 

A willing prisoner
of material possessions
and temporal needs,
I hurt Mother Earth
and compromised my life
and all lives
poorly thinking
that was how
I should live.

 

Guilty as charged,
and stricken by greed,
I am responsible
for the evil profusion of CO2,
and demonic dependence
on chemicals
and GMOs too.

 

Indeed,
I am what I am,
but I can overcome my flaws.

For with a willing heart,
and fierce determination,
I still can mend
the wounds
I caused this world–
as I am so endowed
with knowledge and wisdom.

 

To heal myself,
this world,
and the universe–
from all iniquities–
is now
my utmost priority.

 
 

I am
Homo sapien
to scientists;
A man
to many;
And,
I am Earth’s
greatest legacy,
and I will
always be.

 
 
 

 
 

Grease and Bliss

11




One of Hollywood’s legacies is the making of musical films that are poignant-to-the bones, and lunatic enough to turn the world upside-down, just like the film, Grease of Olivia Newton John and John Travolta.

A 1978, musical romantic comedy, it’s about two college students, Danny Zuko (Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (John) who meet in the beach, and fall in love in the summer of 1958. A certified blockbuster that hits a staggering $394,955,690 (Wiki), Grease is a true oldie-but-goody. From the plot, the songs, and the lyrics of the songs, and the joy that the film and its music brings–I really can’t resist watching it over-and-over again.

However, among all, what I truly love the most, are the real-life characters of the two protagonists, John and Olivia.  As I wish to have that same zest for life that they both carry.


Because eleven days from now, I am turning forty-two. Oh yes, I am aging. But modesty aside, I think I am aging gracefully though. And I wish to keep this zeal in my heart forever. Coz although there are moments, I somehow get intimidated by fine lines starting to appear on my face. But when I am in front the mirror: I never ask “Who is the fairest of them all?” Rather, if I see one, two, three or more, I say: “Heck! I will never worry about you! Life is too short, and it’s ridiculous to spend my time worrying about non-sense wrinkles, nor cruel arthritis,” coz I am even ready for that as well. I rather write and blog, or do any other thing that makes me happy than worry about vanity.

For though aging is inevitable; it’s about fully embracing its ironies. And what should come with the acceptance, is the confidence; never allowing wrinkles define, nor modify my definition of happiness, neither how I see myself and everyone around me. And this is exactly what I like in John and Olivia.

John apparently, is one of Oprah Winfrey’s best friends, and her favorite guest co-host as well. That although I don’t believe in starstruck, but the latter seems to have a charisma, and a charisma discerning power: Coz Ms. O sees the goodness in John. He’s such a darling really, that he knows how to tickle, not one’s fancy, but the hearts of many. For John still dances with fans (of all ages), as if he’s still in a “Grease” mode. Though he doesn’t groove while walking anymore, he remains soft-spoken, sweet and kind-hearted, and so debonair!

And Olivia? Oh, she is beautiful! She remains candid and a sweetheart on and out of stage. I am even tempted to say immortal, but that’s a lie. Rather, she is ever graceful–that’s one thing sure; and, that she is aging gracefully too.

Another bliss that is noteworthy about, and between them two, is their ageless friendship that continues to thrive all these years, and even the ones they maintain with their co-stars in Grease—-amazing! Three videos are up, with my fervent hope it goes the same for everybody.

Many thanks! Be happy! To GOD be always all…………………………the glory!









You’re the One I Want (official video)

You’re the One I Want (nearly four-decades after)

The Wingless Eagle

8



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As the weak heart yearns,
the brave soul dares.

Hope beams
from a tiny opening,
but big enough
for a whirlwind magic to begin.

With a new beginning,
stormy nights are ending.

Gray clouds move,
and the world stop turning;

paving way
for the mightiest eagle
to fly
up, up
and away.










This Transcending Thing

16



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. . .beyond infatuation;
but, to cherish preciously.

. . .beyond regard;
but, to honor dearly.

. . .beyond ache;
but, to hope fervently.

. . .to dream,
and be faithful
to that dream.

. . .to devote,
and be loyal
to that devotion.

To love,
and be loved–
always, forever,
and beyond,
is the beauty
and magic
of this
transcending
thing. . .

“. . .called love;”
“. . .called you.”







Just the Same

23

Come What May.2




Like a gold
burning in flames,
or the blue sky
conquering the haze,
my heart
throbs for you
just the same.

Like the sun
rising,
or the moon
glowing,
baby,
nothing change.

For though
we went through
enormous storms;
and that our hearts
were drenched;
inundated
rain after rain,
but this
remained…





. . . so hold me close,
and hang on tight–
And for once,
let’s close our eyes
and just cherish
this beautiful thing,
come what may.



Featured Song: Come What May, by Lani Hall

In Your Smile

27



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In your smile,
my friend,
I see
confetti
of daisies,
roses,
daffodils,
and poppies,
with gentle winds
caressing them softly;
as they fall
on my cheeks,
in my palms,
oh so tenderly.




In your smile,
I see
the rainbow:
teasing;
playing;
swirling;
it’s pulling me
to dance,
while our hearts hum
the sweetest melody.





In your smile,
I see
the waves
and the shore
calmly meet
halfway across–
kissing each other
so deeply
with no remorse,
while the rays
of the pinky sun
and the bluish sky,
witness
their sweet surrender
to eternity
they long dreamed
all along.






Featured Song: In Your Smile, an original Hawaiian music, courtesy of Na Leo.

‘Til the End

38

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Like the grandeur of green
in spring;

Like the warmth of sun
in summer;

like the crisp scent of pine
in winter,

fill my senses
until the end.

Like dainty drops of dew
in mornings;

Like striking blaze of horizons
in sunsets;

Like shimmering blings of stars
in evenings;

own my all
like there’s no end.

Like salt and sands
to the “blue ocean;”

Like waves and ripples
to the shore;

Like currents and rapids
to the river;

fill my senses

and own my all,

and don’t let this end.

Tomorrow

5





Heat and light
are the foremost
significance
of Sun
in our lives.

The plants,
which give us
foods and oxygen
largely depend
on the Sun
for energy,
and so with all
other living things,
which include us.

The Sun
warms the oceans.
It stirs
and brightens
the atmosphere.
It makes
everything
that breathes
thrive
with hope
and dreams.
The Sun
is truly,
the gift
of light
and life.
And it is,
what Tomorrow
brings.


A Lonely Afternoon

6

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-Revised and reposted-





It’s two-o’clock,
but it seems
like six or seven.
The grayish clouds
are thickening,
and it’s starting
to drizzle.
While an old melody
starts playing,
a very familiar longing
begins unfolding.

And
as the “long,
dark”
and very “lonely night”
is slow approaching,
memories
are fast rewinding.
While silent tears
begin
to fall,
this very lonely heart,
is inevitably missing;
uncontrollably hoping;
and, so undeniably
yearning
anew.




Damn Time

8

Time is another four-letter word
that may sound so simple
and very elementary
yet
it has so much power
over you and me.

That perhaps
if religion and I
are strangers,
I’d say,
time
must be god.

For everything,
even everyone
is
subject
and constrained
of time:

To live
only to die. . .

To grow
only to perish. . .

To enjoy the vanity of youth
only to bear the grim of aging. . .

To learn
only to be senile. . .

Damn that time!

Its ironies
are violent winds
blowing my mind;
its neurons and electrons
are about to call
911.

The slow-thinking caterpillar
becomes a restless, all-knowing butterfly.

The endless sky from powder blue
turns deep black as day retires.

The ever vigorous Sun gets tired
being consumed by everything that breathes;

while the naked moon
with gay serenades;

and the stars
dance the time of their lives.

The pale seeds would spawn
the greenest leaves;

radiant flowers
bloom in bliss;

But all for just a while.

For those foliages would turn yellow and red
and be tossed without dignity;

while the blooms would lose their beauty without a trace
as their petals wilt in dismay.

The Missy who is once a head-turner for her flawless skin
wears cracks from her cheeks to heels.

The Adonis who is once adored for his six-pack
is mocked for the beer barrels he carries front and back.

Damn that time!

Though my heartbeats are louder than ticks of clock,
“time remains of the essence.”

Damn time!

The Haikus of Ashi Akira 

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I recently bought from Amazon our good fellow, Ashi Akira‘s collection of haikus–and thank goodness I got it! Because, I wanted it for so long. Butwith commitments here and there, delays were inevitable. Of course, I was extremely thankful for many reasons; however, let me tell you the gist: 

1. I have known the poet for years. I have followed his journey and have been amazed on how he can write of such depth and meaning with great ease and breeze. 

2. In this Twenty-First-Century, Ashi‘s haikus are classic in the modern day world. 

3. His poetry is very soul enriching–as he often depict nature elements in his poem (something he and I share in common). 

4. His book is available in Kindle and hard copies. 

5. It’s affordable, I got my Kindle version for less than $4.00 (mind you, tax is already included) 

6. Last, but not least, Ashi is an inspiration. Because to blog and write–and to be so good in doing both–it takes more than a talent. And his book can attest this. It speaks of a man, a poet, a blogger of such a big heart in fulfilling his passion and love for our humble community. 

Truly, I feel blessed to have Ashi Akira‘s collection of Haikus; and I encourage y’all to grab it. It’s a gem that brings delight in every word and rich imagery depicting art. Grab now! 

However, a friendly reminder: To enjoy poetry, you must sing or recite the poems; for that’s how you’d feel the poet and give justice to his craft. And in return, you’d enrich your mind and broaden your perspectives. Go! 

To you my friend, Ashi: You are a diamond! Because by putting your haikus in print, you make us realize that dreams are meant to be achieved. That if we are given gifts, we must cherish them; share them; and flourish with them; because they’re gifts! They are meant to be passed on. So, thank you!  I can’t wait to have your next edition. 

Finally, blogging takes more than bits and bytes. We, bloggers are faced with the greatest challenge to create a  much better Earth through this gift we call the World Wide Web. And we succeed not just on how well and frequent we post, but how we cherish and support one another. Because, we are all gifts. 

Thus, there is no competition at all; for our blogs are as unique as we are as individuals. And  like literal gifts , although we present ourselves in different “wrappers” and “ribbons,” but through the generosity of sharing our crafts and passions, even our joys and tribulations (goodness), our utmost hearts and souls, “we make this world a better place” So thank you all!
 
Aloha oe! Ahui ho! 
 
 
*This post is subject to change (pictures to follow). 
 
Happy blogging WordPress!

In this Time Machine

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In this time machine,
I only let
two hands
define
who I am.



The long
hauls my struggles,
failures and defeats,
to which
I do contemplate
and sometimes cry–
but only for a moment;
For I don’t dwell
on sorrows.



The short
enraptures joy,
fulfillment and dreams,
to where
I focus
my energy
and the best of me;
for happiness is achieved
when I cherish
what are in hands
and when I hope
for the goods
that are yet to come.



But
no matter
how the long
seems always ahead
of short;
no matter
how they’re going
in a never-ending circle,
and relentless
in catching
one another,
I am
hanging on;



. . . For I know,
they’re always working
for that brand new day
I so, so,
so love
called tomorrow.












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Twice Upon a Time

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The ants suicided;
 
they overdosed themselves with sugar;
 
their bloods thickened;
 
and they expired
 
from complicated diabetes and aneurysm.
 
 
 
Mourning, I brokedown and contemplated on the whys;
 
I was unsure
 
if my tears were for aching,
 
or I missed the ants-
 
coz they were with us in pink-painting the town.
 
 
 
Perhaps those fags–just like him–
 
they don’t understand what hanging on is all about.
 
They can’t wait ’til I cross the Mississippi River
 
to be with him, and assure him,
 
I was with him in all of our hopes and dreams. . .
 
 
 
 
. . . twice upon a time.
 
 
 

Me Ke Aloha

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Friends, blogging friends, Hawaiians (by blood and in spirit), “Romans and countrymen,” me ke aloha!

 

I’ve been away for more than four-months due to tax season, a fitness goal, and full take-off of my service business. However, often in my blogging career, this has been happening due to my heavy responsibilities at home and my professional life. Amid longing to be with you (although mere virtual), honestly, this time, I am not sorry. I can’t be; because I needed the break.

 

On top of that, I am confident that you, with whom I built good blogging relationships, are truly fine people who blog with your hearts– and compassion is but your norm.

 

Regardless, please allow me this privilege to share with you the amazing things I have gone through for the past four-months:.

 

Professionally, I did my yearly volunteering preparing taxes for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) of the Internal Revenue Service for 9 consecutive years now. However, this time, I was with the Legal Aid and also with my school, or the University of Hawaii West Oahu (not for any academic credit, rather just to serve the. community). Although I missed some weeks, I still prepared more than hundreds of 2016 tax returns (both state and federal). Along side, I also prepared for families and some friends (also pro bono) as usual.

 

On health, I lost 27 pounds: From size 10, I’m now 6. I trimmed 4 inches of my waist. I’ve been walking and running everyday in the beaches of Waikiki and Ala Moana. I’ve been exercising 3x a day. I stopped eating starches, junk foods, and drinking soda. I disciplined myself on sugar and salt. And I married my body to Pilates and in bigamy with dumbbells. Seriously, I am able to achieve these through the help of my Apple Watch, couples of heavy cardio playlists, and on the foundation of determination and will to longevity. I feel so good like I’m a million dollar worth; because I was never this healthy ever before. 

 

Thus, I am thankful! For there were many times I can’t even afford to look at the mirror. I hated seeing myself so fat that I felt like dying from humiliations for letting food defeat me; for allowing my unhealthy lifestyle bury my self-respect. And it was such a demeaning feeling!

 
And so, I contemplated “Should I crash all mirrors? Or burn the fats?” Obviously, I signed up for the latter. And I’m glad I did. Because that decision is critical to my well-being.

 
With that being said, I hope you forgive me for my absence. Know that it’s never because I get tired of “obsessively” liking your posts. Coz to this day, I don’t regret doing that because my intentions are never to control anyone (which is impossible in this virtual world)–rather  that’s how I express my appreciation and gratitude. I am grateful to you who have been supportive of me for years. In addition, I know how hard it is to blog. I sincerely commend everyone’s efforts and passion. Also, I never see us as attention craving creatures. For we may be creative and expressive, but there’s nothing wrong with art. Because notwithstanding our area of interests, there’s art in every blog. Moreover, we are the noble ones who dare humanize this World Wide Web (I can’t stress this enough).

 

So without further ado, folks: I’m home! I am happy to be here at home with you all! I’ll be seeing yours in a while and thank you! I miss you. I love you. But for now, aloha oe! Mahalo nui! And God bless us everybody!

 

I Am Home

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Gone are the days 

I was lost in the woods.


Here, 

I am me

Without having to worry

If the moon is full

And packs would attack me 

out of lunacy.


Here,

I am at peace

To gaze at the deep purple sky above

While the stars go scarce or array.


Here,

I am loved 

Like how my sour cream smelling Pillow-Willy 

Have embraced me since infancy.


Here,

in your arms,

I can be a baby, crazy, 

witch, bitch,

fatso, cold,

broke, old, 

and not sorry.. . . .


. . . For baby

You’re my home. . . .


. . . and your arms

are forever 

my sanctuary.