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Poetic Journey Down Memory Lanes

Reginaldo is an educator, a father, and a frustrated pilot. Hope his play on words will elevate you higher and make you feel better.

My first journal entries are old poems dating back to September of 1994

The first page of my journal which shows three of the earliest poems I have ever written. Just looking at my hand writing and the old paper makes me remember so many things about the past.

The first page of my journal which shows three of the earliest poems I have ever written. Just looking at my hand writing and the old paper makes me remember so many things about the past.

Poems from Long Ago: My Earliest Ones

The Beginning of My Poetic Exploits

As far as I can remember, my parents are quite good at writing poems. Back in high school, I never wanted to show my early attempts for fear that my parents would brush them off as something too shallow or kiddie. However, things changed when I received a journal from an older friend who also encouraged me to use the journal as my draft pad for anything I would want to write about. The journal was quite rare and expensive that I dared not do so, but I used my old and discarded notebooks as draft pads then transferred the complete ones to the journal.

The Moment of Truth

What you are about to read are more like time capsules which show my early poems. I was once a teenager then yet the themes were quite varied already albeit the depth was still shallow for adult standards. Hope you will like and enjoy them.

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THE LAST TREE

A mighty tree

Stood on a hill.

Born to be free

Like we all feel.


The wind caresses

The shade that it gives

The Earth dances

With the fruit it leaves.


The Earth nurses

Him to sleep.

The air curses

The devil who weeps.


The hands of time

Roll too fast.

With the scent of a dime

This tree was the last!

[RGSuyom: Sept. 11, 1994 @ 12nn/ San Fernando, Pampanga]

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DARK AND ONE

In the midst of the night,

A lone swallow flew

With his shivering might

Dripped by the dew.


Blind was the light

For nobody knew

Engulfed by the fright,

That lingers in you.


Deaf was the grass

For the alms that it hears

Death came to pass,

When nobody's near.

[RGSuyom: Sept. 07, 1994@12nn/San Fernando, Pampanga]

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INTRUDER IN THE NIGHT

Unnoticed was the shadow

Which crawls in the night

All walls seem hollow

For dim were the lights.


The sound of the clock

Makes the night deep.

The deafening knocks

Lull me to sleep.


My dogs shiver with fear.

Not by the night's dew,

But by the unseen one they hear

Who wants to strike anew!

[RGSuyom: Sept. 17, 1994@1pm/San Fernando, Pampanga]

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WITHIN YOUR HEART

I knew

Your heart's love

Was really true

Like a flying dove

Swoop down the mighty hill

To bring peace to all mankind

So everyone will then feel

The love's warmth, we eagerly find.

But the light was fainting as I see fear

Appearing within your sad heart

And rain fill your eyes with tears

As turmoil began to start

Now I am all alone

But fear still leaves

One unknown

But peace...

[RGSuyom: Dec. 13, 1994@9:16pm/San Fernando, Pampanga]

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I LOVE YOU, NANAY!

You are the one who held my small hands

When the world was too big to take a stand.

Like a thousand waves rushing to the shore,

Your love runs back to me, forevermore.


Life, you said, is a really huge gamble.

Sometimes you win, more often you stumble.

Sometimes your reasons make me wonder,

But they are the ones why I try to go yonder.


For that I owe you an apology

For the petty follies I've done

For you fill my little heart with glee

And make me regret none.


I should say these with a rhyme,

A few strums and a thousand times...

But today, I am well determined to do,

A simple "Nanay, I love you!"

[RGSuyom: May 1994@5pm/Mexico, Pampanga]

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SIDES OF LIFE

Edges can be found nowhere

The circle of life will never be spared

The dome of humanity

Will it lead to a stage called ecstasy?


But the waking time has fulfilled

To wash away what history has sealed

And open the doors of life

In which everyone of us should strive.


Now the life's sides are equal

Thank Him, for the Almighty's very frugal.

Caused unlikeness to scatter

Lighting the hearts of those who once wandered.


Yet if we let it prevail

Not by just ridin' the bandwagon's sail

We'll see the distant stars near

For we've now abraded our own heart's fears.

[RGSuyom: January 17, 1995@7:30pm/San Fernando, Pampanga]

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LISTEN TO YOUR LIES

In your eyes

Seen were drops of joy

No white lies

Your heart does employ.


My heart wails

As the rain poured down

Pain prevailed

When our smile turned frown.


Look away!

Where you once stand strong.

Walk my way

And you'll know what's wrong.


Now turn back

And look around you.

The path's dark

For your love's untrue!

[RGSuyom: December 27, 1994@9pm/Mexico, Pampanga]

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PoetikalyAnointed on April 06, 2019:

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Professor S (author) from Angeles City, Pampanga, PHILIPPINES on April 06, 2019:

Perhaps it is the my downplaying of my work. As I mentioned in the introduction, my parents are quite good at writing poetry that I dared not show my works then. In fact, I totally stopped writing from 1998 till 2012. People like you were the only reason why I tried to rekindle the passion to write; it was all bottled up from the beginning.

I am totally grateful for your comment. I will write more poems as my 'sparks of genius' would allow me to.

Again, thank you very much.

PoetikalyAnointed on April 06, 2019:

Hello Again,

I wasn't gonna say anything but NOTHING anybody writes-nobody the age, is insignificant! You had mad verse skills even then and spoke your truth via poetry. Even if you didn't write well, it's still meaningful to you and those who can appreciate it.

We can't dismiss efforts of the younger set just because of age. And just because an older cat writes a few lines doesn't mean it's the greatest "thang" in the world.

Great is Great!

PoetikalyAnointed on April 05, 2019:

You're welcome!

Professor S (author) from Angeles City, Pampanga, PHILIPPINES on April 05, 2019:

Thank you very much. Your words encourage me to write more. I hope to read some of your work too. Your comment is much appreciated.

Professor S (author) from Angeles City, Pampanga, PHILIPPINES on April 05, 2019:

Thank you very much. At times, I often feel that my lines, especially now that I am old, are insignificant. I would love to read your poems and other compositions too. Your comment is much appreciated.

PoetikalyAnointed on April 05, 2019:

Hello Reginaldo,

Thank you for sharing your old Poetic Works. I for one enjoyed reading them all and feel any shallowness to your work at all. Your work's very unique, intriguing, deep and makes you stop, pause and re-read; well, at least for me

I Love this line here:

"And rain fill your eyes with tears" from Within Your Heart.

I'm sure your Parents are very proud of you!

Professor S (author) from Angeles City, Pampanga, PHILIPPINES on April 04, 2019:

Thank you for sharing your great experience. I would love to read your poems too. Every time we get to read our old pieces, we seem to travel back in time and remember the good 'ol days. I look forward to reading some, if not all, of your 'heart and mind.'

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 04, 2019:

It is good to read through our old writing, especially poetry, and resurrect it. I had poems that had sat in note books and journals unread for 30 years before I sorted through them, edited and improved a few, and then posted here at HubPages.

I enjoyed reading your poetry. Good job Reginaldo.