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AQUAGRAMPS

Sharing Thoughts through Writing

Crossing EDSA

I am hesitant
Some may call this madness
My mind races as I recall
Events past

O Maring! Why bring me here of all places?!
Your coming fury at that time
Places my being in a predicament here in Ortigas station
Where my life some say hangs

On my focus to the other side
OH! Of my need to get cross a road so wide
Over one roaring, speeding, vehicle to another
Yet paradise is across

I hesitate
Calculating the risks
Oh why Maring! Why!??
I dare step…

One of the monsters far away
Seems to eye me
And charges forth
Quickly I ran
I scat not minding of what awaits me
I got no time

On my focus to the other side
OH! Of my need to get cross a road so wide
Over one roaring, speeding, vehicle to another
Yet paradise is across

Another tries to veer away
The thought of my bloody remains
Splattered on wheel and axle
Shudders in the thoughts
Of the passengers within
My goal

On my focus to the other side
OH! Of my need to get cross a road so wide
Over one roaring, speeding, vehicle to another
Yet paradise is across

I ran
And made it across miraculously
I scat and gave some fright
To pedestrians of to work

I ran, I made it
I scat
I’m just one dirty lucky rat…

Natural Smoothy Green

Natural smoothly green

How rare a find in troubled times

Prepared by

Scooping and then mashed to creamy texture

Assembled then

Sweetened

Then chilled

I try some after lunch

Skims down to my belly

So refreshing and cool

Natural smoothly green

Guaranteed formula favorite

 

Flat Lines

Has it ever come to you
When things just seemed to be still?
Things that cling to you?
A field of rut surrounds thee
Where minutes pass before you notice
The hours have as well
Sum up the day a waste

A flat line tone hums in your head
What happened to your day?
Where has thy energies gone?
No answers. None come.

Has it ever come to you
The cry to do more. To act
When directions are not properly plotted
Across seas of endless possibilities
The route taken stale
Where constellations vanish before you notice
The night sky darkens as well
Sum up the journey a waste

A flat line tone hums in your head
What happened to your day?
Where have the stars gone?
Nothing but blackness. None come

5 Angels Going to Work

A merry start

Of my coming to work

On a bleak August morn

 

My grey path

Cut by the passing visages

Of angels five

Two a waiting

By Dragon Cuisine

Three fleeting

As I wait to a light

By MRT

 

Two a waiting

One cropped blue

Another in pinkish violet

Dolls both mesmerizing

Inviting all to dine on

Dimsum plates galores

All smiles

These two

Makes every bit

More satisfying

Appetizing

On glimpsing

One cropped blue

Another in pinkish violet

Dolls both mesmerizing

 

Three fleeting

Hair cropped short

And wearing faces

Liken to Freya’s own

They move with purpose

Each her own way

Waiting on lines

Faces grim

But rain drops slow

When one looks at each

And notice beauty longing

In spite

Of the long wait to

A light the MRT

Three fleeting

Hair cropped short

And wearing faces

Liken to Freya’s own

 

To live the moment

At the merry end

On my coming from work

On a bleak August morn

SHE on Rainy Afternoons

Let us put it that SHE
I fondly recall
Of rainy afternoons
Over at least 2 bitter octanes
I sip
While I sit
I Think
I fondly would recall SHE

A distraction that passes my thoughts
And sometimes stirs my heart

Like most distractions that disturb my days
Of late I must say
Of her
Simple and Quiet disposition
Makes the day
My days of late in fact
Easy to bear

A distraction that passes my thoughts
And sometimes stirs my heart

Like most distractions that disturb my days
She stands out
Of her
Queeriness and weak constitution
Her appetite
Needs attention if not
She faints

A distraction that passes my thoughts
And now sadly stirs my heart

Like most distractions that disturb my days
I put her out of my mind
Of her
Heart is with another
SHE Forgive me
My days of late in fact
Are not that easy to bear

A distraction that passes my thoughts

Over at least 2 bitter octanes
I sip
While I sit
I Think
I fondly would recall SHE

Of rainy afternoons

Graphic Design TFA 21

Very enlightening! Very simple and very, very, very informative. A must see for students interested in doing artworks without much thought processes involved! Wow! I sorta had Graphic Design as something involved in hours and hours of careful planning. But the speaker at the time, Mr. Ron Roman, shared with us on that day that in Graphic Design, all that matters is the visual aspect.

The visual side of creativity. Thinking visually through visuals. Simple huh? Not quite. What makes the process involved is that one needs to be familiar with the basics. A graphic designer needs to be for example mindful of the edges to obtain balance. He needs to perceive the negative spaces in the composition. The relationship between the black and white areas which help in bringing out the message the designer wants to say. This in turn would help the designer be mindful of light values and shadows. All these show the inner personality of the person. His life, his dreams, his soul.

And how does one achieve all this? Ron simply says one of the hardest things artists, would be designers like myself would ever do. And that is simply, “Discipline.” Yikes! I hate to admit it but Ron’s thoughts made me realize how much I miss out practicing the basic skills needed to be one hell of an artist. As of now, I’m the mediocre artist. Just like Ron here. He even shared little of his stay in art school I was also attending at the time. Like myself, he was the mediocre student who would rather spend time with friends in parties, “gimmicks” than doing the needed requirements in his subjects. Ironically, he is now a creative designer in a design agency. The steps he had to do before becoming one were very hard for him. He remembered he had no idea on what to do in his first assignment. He looked like a fool then. Somebody who didn’t bothered to do thumbnails. Ron realized by then how these thumbnails could help solve his problems. The way he saw then was that thumbnails helped the mind put together ideas that were not there before. They sort of act as pieces to an obscure puzzle. Now that’s something artists and designers need to think about. So basic, we sometimes take for granted how much they could help.

Another basic he wanted us to do was to doodle. Now how could this help us? Doodle!!? Well, he said that like thumbnails they exercise creativity. They exercise the way the artist or designer puts his ideas into one clear thought. Cool huh? Not easy, but with a little discipline, artists and designers would eventually be able to present their ideas clearly, artistically, and I guess intelligently.

Now lets go into something I personally find the most interesting in his talk. He shared to his young and not so young audiences that ideas no matter how stupid they may seem, may be useful later. There’s truth in what he said that day. It’s just that people find it hard to share those stupid ideas because simply they are stupid and the danger of being branded as fools. Well maybe that’s true. Unless that particular idea is a catalyst for other less stupid ideas to come out. Besides design and ideas are a matter of taste he said. It’s just the timing and type of problem one needs to consider.

Ron ended his talk by leaving us again basic pointers that may not only help us become graphic designers, but better artists in the future. He wanted us to be idealistic and respect everything and everyone around us. To be serious about our work. Working outside in the world is difficult. The competition is difficult. So always try-out the basics. Personally, The talk was simple enough. It’s just that again I was awakened with the simple truth on how to go about things in the graphic design business. Hopefully, I’ll try my best to do these things. And maybe someday, somewhere there would be a place that would be happy with my talent.

Gravity

Gravity I’ve checked

A natural law wherein 2 bodies

Attracted by each other

A natural law that gives bodies weight

Makes such objects fall

 

Gravity was studied

By the likes of Galileo and Einstein

From them comes theories

Like objects falling in the same motion

Inspite of having different sizes, different weights

 

But this is not going to be about Gravity science…

 

Gravity at this moment

For me I feel

Is something I would say

Puts me in my place at times

 

Gravity at this moment

For me I see

Is something that places perspective

Puts both feet on the earth

 

Sometimes

 

Gravity at some instances

For me I feel

Is something that is overbearing

Can’t lift a finger

Can’t lift my voice

Can’t lift my thoughts

Afraid I might lose myself

Sometimes my friends, even family

 

Gravity at some instances

For me I see

Is something that can protect you

From lifting a finger

From lifting my voice

From lifting my thoughts

I would be safe

My friends and family as well would not be hurt

 

And then again

 

Gravity is something

For me I feel

Pulls me down

I would be not able to rocket away

To the stars where dreams and sometimes expectations are found.

 

Gravity is something

For me I see

Blinds me to things

To possibilities, opportunities, and chances

All sadly behind me.

 

To sum up, Gravity

The Gravity I feel and see

Is sometimes good

At times it’s bad

 

Principle of Equivalence says that no matter what size is one

Or how heavy is one

Both will fall at the same time

Once in a while

We all go through some Gravity

 

It’s just one of those days

It just feels kinda

Heavy

 

 

Quiet Beauty

Quiet Beauty.

You’re Gonna be Ok

You're Gonna be Ok.

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