Thursday, February 28, 2008


Whoa! I opened the web
and up popped the BBC.
Totally new page!

The design is bubbly,
bright colors, big images
like social web sites.

I liked the old one!
It was more complex, broadsheet.
Oh well. Onto new!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

your first puri

i wanted bread but
had no milk so i looked in
a book: recipe!

puri's are puffed bread
magic pillows easily
mixed and fried. Muy bien!

i mixed wheat flour,
olive oil and spices and
water. Sticky hands!

i heated the oil
for frying, slid the round disc
and it PUFFED! PURI!

5 more were fried.
each one more beautiful than
the previous. mmmm.

I dipped them in my
soup! i poured soup in the puff
and crunched down. YUMMY!

Monday, February 25, 2008


Toss and turn and wake.
Questions pouring in and out:
"Why bother? Who cares?"

Restless body; mind talk:
"I'll die alone here. No one
will know. I'll lay dead."

These ghosts wander in
and out. Nothing calms. Meditate?
Shifting? It's all wrong.

It's plenty warm and
dry. Plenty of warm blankets.
Mind's playing bad tricks.

Demons dance. Eyes cry.
Exhaustion after tossing
brings on restless sleep.

The headache is back
the one that was gone. The one
the pink pill caused. No!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

what's the news today?

when i woke up it
was slightly sunny. the rain
had just swept past us.

i slept well. my back
didn't gnaw its pain into
me. my cocoon? perfect.

was on, but I didn't hear,
really. Kosovo,

Obama, curry
in Great Britain due
to immigration

laws. Stanford will waive
tuition for more and bees
have a sponsor, too.

meanwhile i have no
idea what's going on in
Oakland, my city.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


A lunatic sees
the moon and marvels at it.
"Luna! Silver ball!"

Tonight it's swallowed
by the sun's shadow, the earth
interrupts the light.

Full eclipse will be
seen in the Americas
delighting moon fans.

Monday, February 18, 2008


Take the weekend off!
No funerals. No meetings.
And the sun? Perfect!

Shop for groceries.
Plan on not planning, okay?
Let your mind off. Shhh.

Feels good, non? Close to
a vacation just for you.
You're on your own time.

Warmth in the morning,
a cup of tea. A good walk.
This is life. No stress.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Feliz dia de San Valentin

BART Station, Reflection 4, originally uploaded by Eriqua.

Pillows let out angst--
laughter in battle. Children
feel power. We FIGHT!

I came, I saw, BAM!
Feathers cover my head and
I fought all. I won.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Dude, No Haiku. I'm just publishing this evidence of ignorance...

ignorance can be
remedied with knowledge, yes!
please educate them!


New York Congressional Delegation


CONTACT: Philip Schmidt, (Serrano)
(202) 225-4361

Gail O'Connor, (Velázquez)
(202) 226-1483

Serrano, Velázquez Call for Apology to Puerto Ricans From Rep. Brown-Waite

Washington, DC - February 6, 2008 - Today Congressman José E. Serrano (NY-16) and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (NY-12) called on Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) to apologize to the Puerto Rican people after the Florida Republican put out a statement saying that as "foreigners," Puerto Ricans did not deserve tax rebates offered through the economic stimulus package.

"I have confronted this lack of knowledge about Puerto Ricans for years; Representative Brown-Waite's statement is just a new form of the same old careless ignorance," Congressman Serrano said. "That said, I believe that Rep. Brown-Waite, once she was made aware of her mistake, should have retracted the statement, and apologized. Puerto Ricans are among the most patriotic of America's citizens, and to label them 'foreigners' disparages their vast contributions to our nation. Additionally, I make no apologies for my efforts to include Puerto Ricans in the stimulus package. I worked hard on this, not just because their economy is linked closely with ours, but also because there's no reason in my mind why any American should be treated as a second-class citizen. To leave the Puerto Ricans out would have been unfair and economically unwise."

"Congresswoman Brown-Waite's remarks about U.S. citizens of Puerto Rican descent were a painful reminder that America is still struggling to realize the strengths of its own diversity. Today it should be common knowledge that Puerto Ricans are citizens of the United States and contributing members of our national economy and armed forces. It is simply inexcusable for a member of the United States Congress to call the Puerto Rican people 'foreigners,' and unimaginable that an apology has not been issued," Congresswoman Velázquez said. "As a woman of Puerto Rican descent, I feel compelled to speak for our community, and to educate the uneducated. It is amazing that a member of Congress who has the responsibility for casting votes on behalf of tens of thousands of Americans could be so uninformed about the Constitution. It makes you wonder how many other times her understanding of complex issues has been wrong."


Thursday, February 7, 2008

my year

gung hoy fat choy, rat!
and to all, to be honest.
year: 4-0-7-6.

Monday, February 4, 2008


The media often
counts out the underdog in
its assessments. Why?

Sunday's Giants' win
in the Superbowl was seen
as an upset. Why?

The game was awesome.
Defensive and passionate.
Both teams wanted it!

It was a chess match
that did not crumble to
end in a blowout.

From the singing of
the Star Spangled Banner to
Tom Petty's halftime,

I was pleased. It was
OUR event. Commentators
picked the easy side.

New York and you'll always lose.
New York has mettle.

My hats are off to
Boston who played an awesome
game. But the Son won.

It is our turn to
shine, bask, and celebrate.
For my family.

Has anyone else noticed this?

I promise I have a lot of emotions surrounding my grandmother's funeral, the family dynamics involved, and even the Giants game...but I was introduced to the visage of Mitt Romney tonight due to this invention called "television" and thought he looked awfully similar to a certain mayor of a major west coast city I know... Or at least somehow related...

Or, dude, is it really just me?