Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
About Simply Haiku
Spring 2006, vol 4 no 1
the silence of
Most Filipinos are Catholics. Especially in the rural areas, the
recitation of the Angelus--a catholic tradition commemorate the holy
annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary--is seriously being
observed, not only at homes but also in public places. In one supermarket
I visit, everyone--including, of course, the cashiers--have 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.
Roh Mih is the pen name of Romulo B. Halabaso. A Filipino, he was born
in Manila in 1959. He received a BA in Economics from the University
of the Philippines in 1982. A government employee, he presently works
a the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP),
an agency of the national government in charge of peace negotiations
with rebel groups and involved in various peace building activities.
He currently heads the OPAPP's Policy and Program Development Office
and the OPAPP's Peace Resource Center. He is particularly involved
in programs focusing on child soldiers and former rebels.
He writes poetry, particularly haiku, tanka, and senryu. His personal
poetry sites include Along a Calm and Clear River; Songs of the Bamboo (a
tanka journal); and Hamog at Ningas where he features an indigenous poetry form
called "tanaga". He is a member of the PinoyPoets e-group and Brownsong
A proponent of the Taoist philosophy, he expresses his Taoist views through his
blog, The Walk of Ten Thousand Steps.
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