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Autumn 2005, vol 3 no 3


Roh Mih


barren mountain--
a woman gathers wood
in the pushcart
  wood collector--
the eagle's shadow
grazes a dead tree
May rain--
a week from now,
her christening
  water beads
sprinkled on a lotus leaf--
temple goers
Labor Day--
reading zen stories
over tea

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 e-group.

A proponent of the Taoist philosophy, he expresses his Taoist views through his blog, The Walk of Ten Thousand Steps.

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