Sunday, April 13, 2014

Poetry: Erythrina

Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class Monday to Friday

Locally called dapdap or bagbag (Ilk). The tree loses its leaves
In summer, then profusely blooms. Its bright red flowers break
the monotonous dry landscape. Recently, a pandemic caused by
a wasp virtually killed every standing tree in the tropics. Seldom
can we find a flowering dapdap tree today. Painting by AVRotor
depicting the demise of a once beautiful tree species.

Red, red, oh, the bleeding drops of red,
Erythrina, Erythrina,
Stain my palms and feet and my side
And I shall never doubt Him again,
Nevermore, nevermore!

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