Saturday, December 26, 2009

Goodbye, Camphor Trees, Goodbye



Dying Camphor Trees, UST Manila -
effects of global warming and pollution,
and
aftermath of typhoons and flooding.

Goodbye, Camphor Trees, Goodbye

Goodbye, camphor trees, you've served mankind well
Since Aristotle and Hippocrates,
In old villages and in the cities,
Cure-all to islanders and the Chinese.

Science has taken your place, it is time
That you return to the forest and kin;
Gardens and parks are no longer your home,
And children do not even know your name.

We've enough of your secrets copied
In bottles and syringe and cellophane,
In formulations that are hard to explain,
Except in dollars and by those who gain.

Go back to the wilderness away from man
While there's still time, while your DNA's
Still the same. We'll call you again, if ever,
Before sunset and the Armageddon.

Living with Nature 3, AVR (All Rights Reserved)

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