A Setting Sun and Haiku

gently it goes down
as the sky turning to dark
another day gone

Boracay is well known for its beautiful sunset. The sun is setting, hiding beneath the horizon, just in front of you.

So far, I have been on three beaches where I can see this. The other two are in Kuta beach, Bali and Pundaquit beach in Zambales, Philippines . I am sure there are many other places like this, but … so little time. The one below was shot from Pundaquit beach, which is the jump-off point to Anawangin Cove and Camara and Capones Islands in the province of Zambales, Philippines.

It’s not one of my favorite sunset photos because of the lack of foreground subject and part of the sun was over-exposed. But I am showing it here in case some of you are planning to visit this place, so you have an idea.

Did you notice the Haiku I wrote just below the first photo above? This is the first time I am writing Haiku. Not easy, especially since I never consider myself a good writer, let alone a poet. But I decided to find out about Haiku after one of my friends contacted me few days ago with regards to her photography book project (to help Japan) that will have Haiku for each photo. So, I found out about Haiku and tried to write one. I am using the 5-7-5 syllable format.

I like the above Haiku but I think I like the one below more. I modified the last part. The one above may sound a bit pessimistic (“another day gone“), while the one below sounds more optimistic (“tomorrow will come“).

gently it goes down
as the sky turning to dark
tomorrow will come

What do you think?


"A photographer and a memory keeper (a.k.a junks collector) who finally decided to quit his day job in 2017 after two decades to focus full time on photography. Check out also his outdoor children, family and pet photography work at masakecil.com.

In 2010, this website won the Singapore Best Photography Blog Award."

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