Monday, November 17, 2014

Ode to the Talisay - the Autumn Tree in the Tropics

Dr Abe V Rotor 


Talisay (Terminalia catappa)

You bring the autumn where there is none;
     only monsoon have we, wet and dry;
you lose your crown before the rains come;
     and at harvest time, you weep and cry.

Your ancestors left home eons ago 
     as the continents drifted apart; 
divided by the cold and warm sea 
     surviving them here in this part.   

You carry their genes of four seasons,
     deciduous without winter snow;
emerging with new crown in summer,
     and amihan* is your greatest show.~

*Season of cool winds, Siberian High, October to December 

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