Friday, January 27, 2012

The Leaning Fire Tree

Abe V Rotor

Fire tree (Delonix regia,) Family Caesalpinaceae.
At first glance the road and tree are tilting toward each other - which only shows the extent of the "Living Pisa" phenomenon. The tree is found near the junction of Regalado and Fairview avenue going to SM Fairview in Quezon City.

Actually there are thousands of leaning trees in Metro Manila that are pruned to keep them from touching power lines and communication cables running overhead. These are actually the few survivors, but sooner or later they too, will give in to the consequences of deprivation and the law of gravity. ~

The Leaning Fire Tree

Fire tree, burn and speak with rage,
before your flowers are your wreath;
burn the whole day through to its edge,
but never die with the sunset.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pierian Spring

Pierian Spring  - Mural and Poem by Abe V Rotor

The Hills are Alive Mural, by AVR 2009.  Courtesy of University of Santo Tomas, Office of the Vice Rector and Secretary General

Pierian Spring, the fountain of youth -
could it be just down the bend, 
or on mythical Mt Olympus?
How many souls have long sought
in their lifetime and lost at the end!

It could it be the Shangrila, the Atlantis;
it could it be the biblical Paradise,
the heaven of the good in God's promise,
in the afterlife that rewards the pure
in spirit - who shall again rise.

Little do we know, nil can we afford,
in our searching, for time and space
are but a tick in the clock of the world;
a dot in the infinite universe,
a step in its ever increasing race.

Pierian Spring is the triumph of good 
over evil, the trophy of victory;
peace in War and Peace as Tolstoy told,
in the finer things of life and living,
in a beautiful tapestry.

For youth lives forever in the mind 
and heart that throbs with humanity -
seeking, believing, loving and kind,
keeping the Pierian Spring flowing
to touch every being in a bind.~