Strong winds slap a face,
shook past painful memories.
Hardened heart still breathes.

Lashing, howling winds,
wail through failed regretful years.
Split hope in one’s ears.

Tropical cyclones,
destructively come and go,
Determined hearts bear.

Fatal hurricane,
wrecking havoc, houses crushed.
Tenacious hearts beat.

Storms hitting our lives,
do not break flexible guts.
Patient hands rebuild.

Sun shines once again,
Embrace warm hopeful vigor.
Thank you for helping.

Calmness of spirit,
during and after the storm.
Build united strength.

~ Angelica Hopes, haiku

Photograph and Text © Ana Angelica Abaya van Doorn 2017

Poet, author, novelist, Italian-English translator, ghost writer, lovingly dedicated to my husband and three daughters, a foreign language enthusiast, a piano and English tutor, a domestic violence counsellor and a wanderlust.

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