The grass I cut a week ago are lying dead and dry on the ground, but I leave them be. Agitated birds perched atop nearby trees are singing merry tunes this cool and still Saturday afternoon, and just might find them later when it’s time to build nests. Everything seems fine with my feathered and winged friends this part of the universe. I wonder if they know how fragile their world has become and how precariously it is seated at the precipice– staring down the void of destruction waiting below.
you've been there since longer
than before I was four,
would whisper when i pass by,
secrets-- some wicked, some I'm too shy
you've been an object of many speculations:
enchanted, haunted, and other such notions
like fairies, elves and witches;
so we pay you due respect and say
"tabi apo" when on our way.
i walked past you to my abode,
on many youthful summers down a dusty road,
on winters we shook together in the cold;
and you knew when i did something unusually bold,
or when there were angry tears i try to withhold.
Decades rolled,the neighborhood got old [and new],
Whilst you grew thicker, sturdier and i suppose, older too;
Halogen lamps have drowned moonlit and starlit nights
When your mystique shone bright and inspired fright,
And children playing tag screamed in delight.
Seemingly indifferent, you stand alone and proud today
But you have lost your magic and your mystery,your history
forgotten even by once little girls like me
No birds nest nor rest on your brawny branches,
nor dogs howl even in dark midnights that need torches.
But i'm happy they have left you be,
i fear they might fell you, you see;
i want my grandchildren to know
how special you are to me,
you enchanted, mystic tree.
To need you in abundance,
To seek you in pain;
To hear you in confusion,
To sense you in solitude;
To walk with you in joy,
To feel your warmth in despair;
To never lose sight of your light,
To always wait in hope,
Until you come again…
It took so long to find you,
And so quick to lose you.
It was so easy to love you,
And so hard to leave you.
It was a tiny world we shared,
And an immense space between us.
We had something so free,
Yet something so…forbidden.