Monday, March 21, 2005

Ascent to Kabugao

Hours on the rugged mountain road to Kabugao,
I cling like a monkey on a jeepney's cargo rack;
seeing slopes of ten thousand trees, I sigh,
thinking of one with a hundred yellow blossoms.

Kabugao is the capital of Apayao, a mountainous province in the North. I went there sometime in 1999. I can't forget that trip: I was practically hanging on one side of the fully-loaded jeepney for hours.


Blogger mael brigde said...

i like this, roh mih. it is beautiful and vivid, and reminds me of many hair-raising tap tap rides in haiti. it is much lovelier to be on the outside of the vehicle, but only when secure. i'm not strong enough in the arms to handle lots of monkey-clinging.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

You have a beautiful economy with the words you write. Potent and descriptive. Like a snapshot of the moment you are living. Amazing.

I was bought up as a Christian but at the age of 13, being a rebellious child of the sixties mentality, I declared to my horrified Mother and furious teachers that I could no longer pretend to follow something that I no longer beleived in.

I have never lost my spiritual nature and as I have grown older, and perhaps a little wiser, I have come to, over the years, identify more and more with Tao.

Your poetry and your site are a delight. Thank you for allowing my comments.

4:31 AM  
Blogger roh mih said...

Thank you, mael and cocaine jesus!

cocaine jesus (intriguing name, really), i had a similar spiritual journey. And like you now, I relate more and more with the Tao. I dropped by your site and enjoyed reading your poetry, especially your haiku. I'm linking my blog to yours. Thanks!

5:57 PM  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

And thank you Roh Mih for your comments. Haiku is a very beautiful form of poetry. I wish that I could master it better than I have. My strange name is not intended to suggest that I am either on drugs or that I am trying to offend the Christian faith.It was given to me ten years ago because of my bility to deliver what sometimes appears to be impossible targets. ie 'you either have to be able to perform miracles or be on drugs to do what I do'. A joke really. One that has stuck. My real name is Russell.

4:57 PM  

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