Monday, November 14, 2005

two haiku on silence




old tree--
into its stillness
a grass lizard



Angelus--
the silence of
cash registers


On the second haiku: Most Filipinos are Catholics. Especially in the rural areas, the recitation of the Angelus is seriously being observed not only at homes but also in public places. In one supermarket I visited, everyone-- including, of course, the cashiers-- had to pause from what they're doing at the start of the Angelus. You don't hear any sound, especially the sound of cash registers. The Angelus moment therefore serves as a break from our daily struggle in the material world, and a reminder of the spirituality of our existence.



3 Comments:

Blogger mael brigde said...

how wonderful! i would love to have an Angelus moment wherever i was in a day!

3:07 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

A wonderful moment, roh. Took me in an instant from my room in New York to a market in the Philippines.

9:49 PM  
Blogger J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I really enjoyed visiting your site --- I plan to come back!
jal

12:29 AM  

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