Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Songs of Nature in Paintings

 Songs of Nature in Paintings

"Nature is the art of God" – Dante Alighieri
Paintings and Verses by Dr Abe V Rotor

Make me a song, each flower a tune, each tune a melody,
in the stillness of the sea in calm or laughter in its tide;
make me a song among the flowers that bring in the rainbow,
the cadence of the rising sun, the flutter of the butterfly,
make me a song in the shadows of the mangrove, its mirror
of heaven, dropping confetti and making ripples now and then,
Make me a song of the mists that gather into dewdrops,
of clouds coming down as shower or fog that shrouds like veil
the landscape, in gentle transformation of another day -
and another, ad infinitum in the march of time -
and I, I am but a passerby, yet brevity is the essence of all. - avr







Waterfall 

Flow gently down the hills, play with the rivulets,
And laugh with the brook and fill the lake
And when you are full in the sun
Mirror the sky and the world around,
And burst into a waterfall.
Make a wide-eyed child at your feet
Afraid of your roar, cower in your mist, and cry,
Awe him with beauty in mystery, mystery in beauty.
That’s all that life could be like you, once a river, dying to reach the sea.   -  
avr




How Deep, How High?
Deep as the oceans the mountains be,
Buzz the bees as many a flower there be;
Dreams high, high up as the heavens be,
Or a kite, soaring high, the eye can’t see;
Yet deeper the mind only the heart can see,
And the soul that goodness could bring to Thee. - avr

Nature’s sweet lies

Deceit and conceit in a duo,
Makes one believe or doesn’t know
To accept things or analyze
Nature’s own sweet and gentle lies. 
(Pastel drawing by Anna Christina Rotor)

Seasons

Ask not ‘til when the years are here to stay s
in song, and the breeze a chime;
Maybe, maybe, when the rain comes -
and when it’s finally gone.
When the sun is up and down -
and up again another time.
(Pastel drawing by Matthew Marlo Rotor)


Song of the Sea
Where the sky and the rivers flow
Under the rainbow by the sea.
Let me flow with thee;
A song I sing in sweet melody
To where the world is free. avr


Life’s Interrelationship
How wonderful is creation
when we realize in a minuscule
the universality of the simple
linked to the complex,
where every living thing is part
of life’s interrelationship;
like a chain, its strength
is shared by all its links
in place cooperating. - avr

Ephemeral 
Ephemeral is man, he is but a living dust,
And many great things may come to pass.
Someday you shall learn from the sages,
In a world where man through the ages
Craves for glory, yet finds emptiness;
Go light a candle and sigh in gladness.
Fireflies and stars in the night are one,
Like flowers and bees basking in the sun. - avr


The Author invites the reader to open
Earth Day Every Day (Celebrate) by John Denver;
Earth Song by Michael Jackson,
and other earth songs on the Internet

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Emptiness at Sundown - a Challenge

 Emptiness at Sundown  - a Challenge

"Wonder how Rodin created  from bare rock The Great Thinker." avr
Dr Abe V Rotor

Sunset, Lemery Batangas, 2018

How can I be romantic when the world is sad and lonely, 
the sea in its ebb, the air still, save a passing breeze?
How can I love the classics, the timelessness of their beauty,  
the deafening silence, neither music nor of peace? 

How can I appreciate humanities, man's creativity,
peep into the biblical Garden of his birth?
How can I amend my evil ways, rise from human frailty
with the dying sun, soon to abandon the earth?

I am lesser than those who instead found opportunity
to explore the deep source where love and hope never cease. 
  Monet taming a fiery sunset into a lovely beauty,
and on wasteland Wangari planted a million trees.  

I wonder how Rodin created  from bare rock The Great Thinker;
Fleming by serendipity found from a moldy  culture -
the life-saving Penicillin, a most potent drug ever,
while Thoreau alone wrote a treaty of man and nature.  

Crowning glory, masterpieces were not at all born in bed,
so with man faced with the impossible to solve,
when a tree stands alone leafless, the sea in ebb;    
and I, I wait for darkness envelop my world. ~  

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Scenarios of Change under the New Normal

Scenarios of Change under the New Normal
The coronavirus pandemic has stepped on the brake against our fast and chartless living and way of life.

Abercio V. Rotor Ph.D.

The theme of the 18th biennial convention “Allergy and Immunology: Facing the Challenge of the New Normal” is very timely and relevant at this time that the world is gripped by the Coronavirus Pandemic. It brings to our greater awareness the philosophy and advocacy of Dr Arturo B Rotor to whose honor this convention is held biennially.
                                     
Dr Arturo B Rotor, first Filipino Allergist

What is New Normal?

The new normal by definition is a state to which an economy, society, etc. settles following a crisis, when this differs from the situation that prevailed prior to the start of the crisis.

The term has been used following the financial crisis of 2007-2008, the aftermath of the 2008–2012 global recession, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The new normal explores ways in which the Covid-19 pandemic might adjust, shape, or reorder the world across multiple dimensions.

The new normal basically refers to change in human behavior initiated by the coronavirus pandemic. Such change will definitely deepen in many sectors of society, and bring about a discipline in improving our daily life, our community, and the whole world. Resistance to change, I believe, will ultimately give in as the crisis deepens, and such change, we pray shall invariably become ingrained in our behavior individually and collectively.

Let me cite the areas of human behavior that the pandemic will have the greatest impact. Here are 20 scenarios.

1. We will spend more time in our home and in our community, and develop stronger family bonding and community kinship;

2. We will learn to abide with the demands and limits of human relationships, starting with the social protocols in combating the disease;

3. We will realize the importance of being frugal and thrifty, and the value of the adage, "Save for a rainy day.”

4. We will learn to distinguish and respond to what is Important and what is urgent, essential and dispensable given a critical situation;

5. We will put priority on function over aesthetics when it comes to plans and programs, like building a house, buying appliances, etc;

6. We will keep ourselves knowledgeable with the growing application of cyber technology such as e-learning, e-mail, e-commerce, particularly in distance education and work from home;

7. We will be more conscious of hygiene and sanitation, proper waste management for better health and cleaner environment;

8. We will prefer simple and practical living, shun from ostentatious affluence, and celebrate only to the significance of the occasion;

9. We will rather choose natural over artificial or synthetic goods, from food to clothing, and decipher genuine from deceiving products and services;

10. We will give more attention to career reorientation for our children and the youth in general guided by lessons and insights taught us by the pandemic;

11. Aware of the consequence of the pandemic to conventional employment, we will assess alternatives such as self-employment and entrepreneurship, and give less consideration to overseas employment;

12. We will give serious assessment to land use policy, reforestation, help arrest expansion of wasteland and decline of our ecological systems;

13. We will review back-to basic approaches in dealing with major problems through people’s initiative, in such programs as skills development on the grassroots;

14. We will help in the development of our economy with strong Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) over big and transnational businesses;

15. We will be learning more on the applications of humility and compassion, love and care, cooperation and unity, selflessness notwithstanding, out of the lessons brought by the pandemic.

16. We will serve as agents of change for a clean and healthy environment, protecting our natural resources, and preserving the integrity of our ecosystems;

17. We will support in decongesting cities by encouraging people to go back to the province and live wholesome life; on the other hand, discourage exodus to cities;

18. We will support population and family planning in both ethical and moral aspects, and in accordance with national policy and social and personal values;

19. We support strongly in the development of a strong natural resistance and immunity in every person as primordial approach to combating COVID-19 and other ailments and diseases;

20. We will act as catalyst in our individual and collective capacity in keeping with nature’s laws and processes of maintaining homeostasis of the environment, as “good housekeepers on our home planet.”

These are but a moderate enumeration of changes that are actually happening today. More reforms in human behavior, in the short and long run, are expected, which we hope to be maintained in post-pandemic time.

Human Behavior is governed by four attributes

Dr. Arturo B. Rotor tells us that the human being should be regarded holistically, when it comes to attending to his health – body and spirit, psyche and intellect, with these four attributes: Man the Thinker (Homo sapiens), Man the Maker (Homo faber), Man the Player (Homo ludens) and the Man the Reverent (Homo spiritus). At the center of the square is a formative conscience, which guides our decisions and actions, and takes us out of a syndrome of indifference and neutral morality.

With an enlightened conscience constantly enlivened by values we derive from meaningful experiences, knowledge and wisdom as we grow, from the institutions we built our society – and the lessons the COVID-19 pandemic gave us - we can say that our conscience can better decipher not only what is good from bad but the ultimate of our capacity of being rational and God loving.

COVID-19 and Nature

An old man living alone on top a high mountain was asked how he managed to keep the place beautiful. He simply answered, “Just leave Nature alone.” Some years later when I returned for a visit he was no longer there. His cottage had been replaced with a hotel and tourists freely came up and down the mountain. Trees have been cut, the mountain slope eroded, thrash destroyed the once pristine surroundings, the air was no longer fresh and pure. Until authorities closed down the place.

The current COVID pandemic may be compared in the same way. The corona virus stopped the carnage in man’s destructive hands. While Nature took her own course. It brings to mind if the biblical “Paradise was regained after the Fall” by Nature’s self-healing power.

Since the coronavirus was recognized as pandemic some six months ago, scientists monitoring the effects of the disease on the environment, came up with this initial report.

Nature takes a respite during COVID pandemic. 
Pastel drawing by Anna Rotor, then 10 year old in an art workshop
conducted by the author every summer. 

  1. The air is getting cleaner, there is less acid rain, CO2, carbon particulates, and smog, less smog-related illnesses, better growth of plants;
  2. Less energy used means less gas emission, less greenhouse effect, cushions climate change, improves climate and weather
  3. Rivers, waterways, lakes, and seas take a respite, less pollution means more fish and marine life are coming back;
  4. Less air transport cushions occurrence and strength of atmospheric disturbances;
  5. Less deforestation allows conservation of watershed and wildlife, and recovery of threatened and endangered species;
  6. Less pollution means less pollution-related deaths, diseases and allergies, less buildup of wasteland;
  7. Less tourism means less intrusion in natural reserves, cleaner environment, favors wildlife conservation;
  8. Cleaner land, water and air means balance environment, better health, happier and more fulfilled life;
  9. Less travel means less traffic congestion, more savings of time and resources, less disease transmission;
  10. Less commerce and industry means reshaping the economy, unloading idle resources into favorable welfare of the people.
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Even at this stage of the pandemic, there is a trend in the improvement of air and water, less smog and acid rain, kinder weather, cleaner waterways, less toxic waste, less destruction of our ecosystems and wildlife, and the like, which are favorable to good health and well-being. We recognize Nature as the greatest healer - but only by helping restore and maintain her balance and integrity.

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We have entered into a tunnel, dark, long and uncertain, reminiscent of the Dark Age of human history when the world plunged into pandemic and breakdown of civilization. Is history repeating itself?

The pandemic shocked the world unprepared in an untold magnitude respecting no political barriers, race, creed, geography, social nd economic status, a bomb that spared no one, young and old alike and those who are yet to be born. The pandemic challenges human intelligence, humbles the genius, puts back to the drawing table man's ambitious design of postmodernism which simply means "living tomorrow today." The world will not be the same anymore, and its aftershocks are going to be felt for a long period even in post-pandemic times.

This is the nature of the Dark Ages that swept the world of old which lasted for centuries after the fall of the Greco-Roman Empire then the known civilized world anent to our capitalistic world today. Then in the 15th century, out from a corner of the globe like a shining gem, a new era was born – the Renaissance. The Renaissance was like the legendary phoenix bird arising from the ashes of the Greco-Roman civilization. Thereon the world rose to its feet again and marched onto the modern world - and onto our postmodern world of today. We moved so swift to our own measure and concept of progress and in our chartless haste got a "stabbing wound" – the corona virus pandemic.

The irony is that we have never anticipated it even with the breakthroughs in science and technology, economics, cybernetics, and other human achievements. Just before the COVID pandemic the world was in its summit like “the glory that was Greece, the grandeur that was Rome,” totally unaware that this was the prelude to another Dark Age.  

We know the crisis will come to an end. It is going to be a neo-Renaissance. But first we ask ourselves, "Are we prepared to meet the monster and take it by the horn, so to speak, with the New Normal as a Hercules' weapon?"  We know the world will never be the same again, and there is no turning back. There on a new horizon we will create a better one, and bring about a new Renaissance, as history tells us, this time with greater resolve to reach out for the light at the end of the tunnel, by changing the Human Behavior in us, individually and collectively as a people of the world. ~
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Response by Dr Abercio V Rotor  to the Lecture of Dr Luz S Fonacier  President-elect, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAA), October 14-17 2020. She is guest of honor and speaker of the 18th biennial convention of the Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (PSAAI) with the theme, "Allergy and Immunology: Facing the Challenge of the New Normal".

Monday, September 14, 2020

Learning to Walk with Nature

 Learning to Walk with Nature
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog [avrotor.blogspot.com]

          

What first lesson a child must have -
not the i-phone, the television,
not the computer, the shopping mall,
not toy cars and guns, or fashion,  

What Nature offers are plenty and free -
green, green grass to walk on,
         in the shade and breeze in the trees,
          every living thing a companion. ~

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


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Talisay tree signals the coming of Amihan*

Talisay tree signals the coming of Amihan 

Dr Abe V Rotor

Living with Nature School on Blog 


Talisay (Terminalia catappa), also known as umbrella tree is deciduous, which explains why at certain times of the year, specially in the cool months, its leaves turn yellow to orange to red and purple as they fall to the ground. This is romantically associated with autumn in the temperate countries - which the tropics lack. But thanks to the talisay for its mimic art. The tree becomes leafless and its limbs branches appear bare in the sky, like tree in winter. There a sudden transformation follows: the emergence of new leaves, and soon a whole new crown is formed, which again reminds us of spring. 


Indeed Nature's art is beautiful, and its variety makes the imagination roam and seek adventure. We liken talisay with maple and oak which we do not have in the tropics. We seem to experience the climate of the places where there are four seasons of the year when we only have two - wet and dry, hot and cool. 



San Vicente Botanical Garden, San Vicente Ilocos Sur

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 of years ago 

     as the continents began drifting apart; 

divided apart by the cold and warm sea, 

     surviving them here in this part.   


You carry their genes of four seasons each year,

     deciduous but without winter snow;

emerging with new crown in summer and fall,

     and amihan is your greatest show.~


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


Lesson on former Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid Dr Abe Rotor and Ms Melly C Tenorio

738 DZRB AM Band, 8-9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Spider on the Wall

Spider on the Wall   

Dr Abe V Rotor 

In my room one peaceful evening came a spider.
Welcome, gladly I said, as it paused for a moment
on drawings on the wall my grand children made,
its legs tapping a message for whatever it meant.

Ah, you are an artist too, I guessed, as it moved 
along and across swiftly I thought it would fall,
Instead it embraced a make-believe companion;
I looked into this creature a mirror on the wall.


Giant house spider (Aratigena africa) is also known as Wolsey spider (Tegenaria parietina), sometimes referred to as Cardinal spider, named after Cardinal Wolsey during the time of  Henry VIII of England. Giant house spiders have been recently  classified under genus Aratigena. 

Ecology of an Old Pond

 Ecology of an Old Pond

Dr Abe V Rotor

Living with Nature - School on Blog



Farm pond in summer painting by AVR 


A pond as a transient environment.


Like a stream, river, or lake, a pond is surrounded by a watershed of a complex vegetation which advances towards the center as it grows older. As the pond fills up with sediments and muck, its bottom gradually drains as higher plants become progressively abundant


In a shallow pond the forces of wind and convection keep the whole volume of water in circulation so that at any depth the temperature is fairly uniform and the amount of gases, notably oxygen and carbon dioxide is equally distributed.


The relatively large ratio of surface to volume of ponds make ponds most susceptible to weather and climatic changes than large bodies of water. Because of their small size they are also susceptible to changes in physiographic conditions like erosion and deposition.


Like any community a pond grows, passes a relatively stable mature phase, and ultimately dies. This basic ecological cycle is a result of interplay between organisms and their environment. Organisms live in an environment where they are adapted, and remain in the most stable area or niche which spells out their success as population and members of an interacting ecosystem.



Leisure on a pond painting by AVR


The physical nature of the environment consequently determines what types of organisms can settle successfully. Temperature, rainfall, altitude, soil conditions and other environmental factors decisively influence the kinds of plants that survive in a given place. Vegetation in turn, as well as the animals, have selected effects on the kind of biotic community in that region. Organisms gradually alter the local conditions. Raw materials are withdrawn from the environment in large quantities, and metabolic wastes are returned together with dead organisms, but of another form and in different places, thus resulting in the re-distribution and alteration of vast quantities of substances.


This means that later generations of the original organisms may find the altered local 

environment no longer suitable for themselves so that the members of the community must resettle elsewhere or die out. Later a new community of different plants and animals arrive and settle down. Again this new community will alter the area according to its own specialization. Hence, it is said that the living and non-living parts of the environment are vitally interlinked, that change in one produces change in the other.


Origin of Ponds 


As a typical ecosystem, a pond relates a classical story. Most ponds must have originated during the last ice age when the moving glaciers scraped out giant sinks. Others have been known to originate from a portion of a bay or lake that was isolated by a sandbar by the action of waves and wind. 


Pond orphaned by a river is shown in this painting by AVR 


Pirated rivers may also form into ponds. Most of the newly formed ponds may be wiped out days, months or years later, by storm or silt deposition. But a better-protected pond survives the drastic geologic fate. It must somehow face the slow process of ecological succession through which continuous dynamic processes take place that will ultimately lead to the accumulation of organic matter and silt.


On the functional aspect of ecological succession, like in any transient communities, the progressive increase of organic matter which fills up the pond will lead into a heterotrophic conditions which means that the dependent organisms (heterotrophs) will increase in proportion to the increase of the producers (autotrophs). These favor aquatic and semi-terrestrial organisms, and therefore, biological diversity.


Mudflats


The living bed of terrestrial life is the fertile bottom of the pond - the mudflat, which intermittently comes out to dry, a cycle that incubates eggs of many organisms, allows spores and seeds to germinate, and dormant organisms to become active.


The mudflats are exposed and submerged at intervals depending upon the amount of water that enters the pond from the tributaries upstream and from the surrounding watershed. As the remaining aquatic zone further shrinks and the water flow meanders along the bottom, wider mudflats are formed.


Hut by a pond in acrylic by AVR


No zone in the pond is richer in variety and in number of living things, and no types of interrelationships could be more complex, if not deceiving or unknown, than the aquatic zone where life continues on in some most amazing and mystic ways. There are evidences that these dynamic changes shall go on until the pond has completely transformed into a terrestrial ecosystem, despite such threat of pollution which may have already marked the face of the pond.


But nature proves flexible with change. Normal changes would simply be dismissed by Nature’s own way of adjusting the role of its own creatures. Changes shape the conditions of the environment; that in turn, determine the organisms that fit better into it.


The bottom of the pond is directly affected by the amount of water and by water flow. It is the recipient of silt and other sediments from plant residues from the surrounding watersheds and from the immediate shoulders of the pond. The decreasing area occupied by water may indicate the age of the pond, and the changes which, undoubtedly lead towards an irreversible transition from aquatic to terrestrial state.


Ecological Succession 


Typical of old ponds and lakes, the aquatic zone considerably decreases with the lack of water supply and by the steady deposition of silt and decomposing plant remains- not to mention the garbage and other wastes thrown into the pond by unscrupulous residents in the area. The black, spongy and fertile are an envy of many plant species and consequently of the dependent animal organisms. From time to time pioneer plants venture for a try to settle every time terrestrial conditions begin to prevail.


But in many parts of the old exposed bottom left by the receding water, terrestrial plants can not settle down because time and again the water immediately submerges the previously baked flats to become once more a slosh of mud that readily shallows a wader to his knees. And so the outcome of the battle turns to the advantage of the aquatic plants- Eichhornia (water hyacinth), Alternanthera, Jussiaea, Nymphaea

and Pistia (kiapo) and of course to the ever-present thick scums of blue-greens and green algae with their co-dependents. Ipomea,(kangkong), the adventuresome Brachiaria (para grass) and other grasses on the other hand are pushed back to safer limits where they wait for conditions to favor another invasion, that is when the mudflats shall come out to the sun again.


Invasion, Competition, and Succession


The story of competition between the two groups continues indefinitely and all the while the sluggish water meanders against the shoulders of the pond and etches the old bottom. But all along, sediments pile on the bottom until small isolated “islands” are formed in the middle of the water zone. The isolation of these islands can not be for long, so their barrenness, for the dormant seeds under the warm rich soil suddenly come to life and together with air borne seeds and spores, and the stranded shoots and tillers, which make these islands “small worlds” themselves.


No place in the aquatic zone is absolutely for a particular species. However the dominance of a species can be noted from one place to another. For example, the pseudo-islands in the middle of the aquatic zone may be dominated by Brachiaria, while the lower part of the pond where water is usually deeper, harbors the remnants of the once dominant Eichhornia. At the head end, the old bottom may be covered up with grass, except in places that may be occupied by Jussiaea repens, a succulent broad-leaf and a water-loving species.


Any decrease in area of the true aquatic zone a corresponding increase of the immediate zone. Terrestrial plant species continuously pursue the reclaimed flats. Ipomea and Alternanthera species appear at the front line of the invasion while the grasses stand by. The logic is that the former can better withstand the conditions of the waterline. Their roots bind the particles of silt and humus, which are suspended in the water, and when the plants die, organic matter is added, thus favoring the terrestrial species take over. It is as if these benefactors are robbed at the end by their own beneficiaries.


The aquatic and shore zones are more or less homogeneous as far as their principal plant species are concerned. This could be explained by the fact that the newly established zone (aquatic zone invaded by plants) is but an extension of the shore zone, and was it not that the shore zone a part of the aquatic zone?


Hence, the close relationship of the two zones can be readily noted, although they can be divided by alterne. This demarcation is not steady as shore vegetation spreads out into the water zone.

Increasing Biodiversity


The phytoplanktons composed of countless green algae, flagellates, diatoms, desmids and a multitude of bacteria are the precursors of the food pyramid. They form the broad base of a pyramid structure. Simplified, the phytoplanktons make up the larger group, on which the zooplanktons depend. Insects and other arthropods lead the third group of organisms, while amphibians fish and reptiles make up the fourth. The farthest link is made up of the decomposers, which ultimately produce organic matter and humus upon which phytoplanktons and plants depend live on. The food chain web is characterized by mutualism, parasitism, predatism, saprophytism, commensalism, and decomposition – all of which link all organisms into a greater whole, the ecosystem.


In the pond, the rooted as well as the floating plants and the phytoplanktons are the “producers”. They support the herbivores (insects and fishes), and they add organic matter when parts or the whole of their bodies die. Zooplankton organisms generally feed upon the phytoplankton, although some are dependent upon organic matter and humus. Small fishes, crustaceans and insects eat the zooplankton in turn,, and these will be eventually eaten by carnivores. If not eaten, every plant and animal eventually die and decompose, its protoplasm reduced to the basic materials that green plants needed for growth.


Senility and Death


The shores progressively widen following the drying of the mudflats. This area is usually dominated by grass, followed by crawling and viny plants, such as those belonging to the morning glory family (Convolvulaceae). Shrubs on the farther edge of the pond join annuals. During the rainy season the shores are waterlogged. The soil is black and it emits methane and ammonia gases, which show that anaerobic decomposition is taking, place. Muck is the product of this slow process. The soil is rather acidic but many plants tolerate it. High ferrous content can also be noted as rusty coloration, a characteristic of waterlogged soil.


Towards the end the shore becomes dry. Vegetation changes follow a dynamic pattern, the grass producing numerous secondary stalks, which become thick and bushy. The broad-leaf species tend to grow in clumps or masses. Some plants in the slope zones descend to join some plants in the shore zone, some are forced into prostate growth. Along the water line the grass is tall and verdant green. Meantime the trees close in. The tree line advances to the edge of the pond a soon the pond will die.~



Living in a Hut by a Mountain Pond on Mt Pulag, Benguet in acrylic by AVR


The Dying Pond


"Death be not proud," this dreaded fate defied;

      In death something rises at its side,

As on a dying pond, a swamp in its place

     Grows, dying in peace and grace.


And the watery grave dries into grassland

     Where roam the hooves and paws in band;

And the winged sweep the air retreating

     On the trees nearby and advancing.


One by one the trees come when the wind blows,

     They ride on furs, beaks and claws;

A woodland soon rises from the trees' breath

     And hides the pond, the grass and death. ~


Based on a graduate research "The Ecology of an Old Pond," by AV Rotor.


Lesson on former Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air)  Dr Abe Rotor and Ms Melly C Tenorio 738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday [www.pbs.gov.ph]