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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A (Pine) Tree

This "International Day for Biological Diversity," I'd like to pay tribute (:>) to that concrete pine tree at the top of Session Road in Baguio City which was built in place of the real one over a decade ago (see Vincent Cabreza's article on this @ Inquirer.net; for a couple of photos and some comments, go to phototecture).


A (Pine) Tree


(with profuse apologies to Alfred Joyce Kilmer and/or his descendants)


I think that I shall never see


A poem as concrete as a tree.


A tree whose mangled mouth is set


Against iron bars and cement;


A tree that can't see God all day,


And too petrified to pray;


A tree that may in summer wear


A nest of soot and smog in her plastic hair;


Upon whose bosom Christmas lights lay;


Who can't be intimate with rain.


Poems are made by fools like me,


But only politicians make concrete trees.


-smsaboy, 05.08

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