Sunday, December 30, 2007

A thought for the New Year

I guess it would be
a bit of continuity
and a bit of change ,
for the better .....
and wiser ....



Lovely name .
Lovely flower .
To me
it is beauty ,
it is patience .

It blossoms just once in twelve years , filling hills with a blue carpet.
Bringing the sky all the way down to earth ....
And how ..... ?

Happy New Year to All ,


Saturday, December 22, 2007


Drifting effortlessly into
being by the side of an ocean
all day long
with clear , azure skies
circling horizon
and my heart and mind steadfast
on the golden , light brown sand
slipping through my fingers
like a name reverberating
through echelons of time .


A poem by Van K. Brock


I am trying to understand why the plain unstained
wood squares in the ceiling satisfy me. The rhythm
in the repetitions of the same balanced proportions,
or the resistance of the wild grain of the wood
to the squares and rectangles, the dense bloodknots
of the pines in bright summer when light at last can
open the recesses of the dark pitched ceilings: all
remind me of those northern timber structures
where the weary scribe looks up now again through me
and finds the forest's tangles in the grain of his plain
unstained coffers and understands, or thinks he does.

How vain to try to give my eyes to his medieval eyes,
or open to his vision of the world. There is a vast field
of sunflowers far below the balcony of Albergo Italia.
Swallows circle around me. In a half medieval town,
halfway up the mountain, we are only halfway to heaven,
a medieval monastery of southern stone above us,
sensuous sunflowers below. I like standing on a tiled
piazza in the air between sunflowers and monastic
rock. I do not want to endlessly circle and soar in the
air between, nor bow with the thousands who bow
nor go blind among the sunflowers' fertile eyes.

One must become vapor or dust, for every atom
to disperse in space, then come together again
recombined and reconciled with the dust of those
whose openings exclude you or at least do not include you.
Listen to the paradox of becoming: it is chanted
from the minarets, interrupting our meditation: nothing
tells us that whatever brings us together requires our
passage through ports never before gone through,
and through which we cannot even think of returning.
I could explode into a galaxy of galaxies,
ever expanding outward and curving back into myself.

Van K.Brock

Van K. Brock is a poet to cherish - and read! - for his sense (wisdom) and skill in bringing the secrets of our time to us without spoiling the mystery. These lightered poems give brief strong light to family tragedies, evidence of ancient, too-present crime. And there are folktunes here, much music in the words for dancing, the washing screaming to be hung "in the sun like saved sinners." -- Michael Mott


Heartening to see idealism still alive .
That someone can leave all the comforts of a highly paid job for working for people ,
and is so humble and silent about it is truly humbling and inspiring .

Did you hear ?

Don't ask me if it is dream or reality
for what separates the two is
this one thread thin laced curtain
swaying beautifully on the edge ,
a bit of dream like reality
and a bit of reality in dream ,
and I try my best to sing the unsung song
in a voice that carries my heart
waving through all that mystery
delicately hidden in the morning fog ,
the dew scented fog .

Did you hear ?

A poem by Bino A. Realuyo


In memoriam, Father Narciso Pico, human rights activist

Air descends in spirals. On a street,
a flock waits, not in their usual Sunday white
but black, a long line, spiraling as well.
Their sweat you can't see.
Their faces would make you wonder what really
matters to them-the wait or the destination,
something you often asked: the now or what comes next.
In this village, whoever dares ask that question
does it in murmurs, in twists of fingers,
like their ears and eyes, attentive to every house
they pass: who still lives there, who doesn't,
what's gone, what remains, their names, mentioned
every time they think of yours.
They recognize the thoughts behind fallen lips,
sunken skin: where does a dead priest go,
the one gunned down for leaves and soil-
tell them, if not, they would simply guess, if there is an
opening in the sun, then there, into its eye, to watch
shovels rise above the ground, your own, the sprinkle
of soil over your casket, of dust, prayers, and names,
once again, the names of those who will fall next to you.

"Bino A. Realuyo has that rare gift of transforming modern horror into art. In The Gods We Worship Live Next Door he writes of his beleaguered country, the Philippines, in ways that reveal universal truths. The land is vibrant and alive, real with mythical shadows-rituals, dances, work-and, at the same time, racked by persecution and death. The book is passionate without a trace of sentimentality, a compelling account of destruction under a silent god."
- Grace Schulman

BINO A. REALUYO was born and raised in Manila. He is the author of the acclaimed novel The Umbrella Country. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Manoa, The Literary Review, New Letters, and The Nation. He is the recipient of the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. He lives in Manhattan.

Friday, December 21, 2007


filling a clean glass
with suspended droplets
of freed vapor
each free to form a rainbow
and stir it
with your own heart
and feel yourself
with hands outstretched
in the breeze
liberating ......


Shhhh .......

Just close your eyes .

Just listen quietly
to the beats
of your own heart
and the rustle of wind .

Feel an infinity pass
through you ,
feel your transition
into infinity.


Power can be real and positive .
Real power is in
empowering others .

I am enlightened to see
some people
who actually do that .

Thursday, December 20, 2007

With both hands

How will you welcome New Year ?

With both hands ,

and a smile .

Some invariants

Surely there are things which are invariant in the flow of life ?

Are there any such absolutes ?

To detach

Perceiving the reality of an end
makes it easier to detach
oneself in the true
sense of the term
from all ?

I want to rewrite it .
It can't be just perceiving .
It has to be
walking right into middle of
fire without as much as a
shadow of fear .
It has to be living
the life that you want to
see around ....
It has to necessarily forget
these words
that shift constantly .

Saturday, December 15, 2007


A wave of gratitude
swells .......
hopefully towards hope
hopefully towards truth
hopefully towards a future
where hands reach out
in humility .

Why ?

At times
sometimes , like now
all this breath taking beauty
from the valleys of flowers ,
from the meadows in Alps ,
from sweat glistening
on the skin of a laboring human being ,
from the snow white clouds
breaking away from the blue skies ,
from every nothing and something
descends here to be
to be me .

Why ?

Sane and insane

A little insanity
just a little of it
makes sanity
possible and

Never ending

This puzzle
never seems
to end .

Designed for isolation ?

Are our lives designed for isolation ?
Each of us becoming a little island ....
far removed from reality ,
jailed by our own ambitions , comfort zones ?

Friday, December 14, 2007


It has become a habit
to stand by the balcony in the evening
and watch the sky
just watch the sky
in feelings
with a new look
in each of the stages
colors fading slowly
into new shades
a solitary , majestically solitary feeling
in ascension
in mind , body and soul .

Saturday, December 8, 2007

The choice is clear

There are times of indecision .

There are times when the choice is clear -

-between transparent and opaque .

-between reliable and not so reliable .

-between gentle and harsh .

Often boundaries blur .......

Accept only the necessary

Accept only the necessary:

what will widen your heart
what will enlighten your face .

Rafael Jesus Gonzalez


The most important word , concept , emotion and thought ........

Can our goals , designs , plans , emotions , thoughts , changes
be prefixed by this word ?

We are not there just for a moment . Are we ?

In sustaining ourselves , in preserving ourselves ,
we preserve our near and dear ,
we preserve the future ,
we preserve the earth , with love , with patience , with perseverance , with coherent action .

Systems -- yes , we need to build habits and systems which are sustainable.

Friday, December 7, 2007

My mind takes wings ........

On the road lined with
trees of ancient wisdom ,
with the twinkling of
light and shade ,
in the benevolent
breeze of the swaying trees ,
my mind takes wings ......

Beyond tears .......

After tears , it is peace .
It is about getting back to life .
Responding to day's call .

A Clarification

In my previous post I mentioned strength of tears .
Yes , it is strength that I am talking about .
Not the vulnerability .
Tears that change the direction of course of your life
for the better .
Which make one look at the world differently ...

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Let them flow

Tears wash like rain ,
in the dead of night , right in the middle of afternoon ,
they shower you , to keep you cool and fresh ,
it is a strength to be able to feel the sorrow that cannot be helped , deep within you
and let the tears flow...... like a dear friend .....

As though one does not exist

Is there any need to utter the word love
when it is just there everywhere
hidden in every gesture ,
every effort to reach out ,
without being known ,
as though one does not exist ?


How is silence born in the heart ?
How does it grow ?
Working quietly together .........
Listening to each other as though there is no other sound in the universe ......
Understanding , accepting agonies of the past in peace of the present .....
To be content to be here ...............
in a home built in harmony ,
for all ,
by all .