Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Requiem to the Leaning Fire Tree

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

Fire tree (Delonix regia,) Family Caesalpinaceae.
At first glance the road and tree are tilting toward each other - which only shows the extent of the "Living Pisa" phenomenon. The tree is found near the junction of Regalado and Fairview avenue going to SM Fairview in Quezon City.

Actually there are thousands of leaning trees in Metro Manila that are pruned to keep them from touching power lines and communication cables running overhead. These are the few survivors of what we call "progress", but sooner or later they too, will give in to the consequences of deprivation of proper care, and the law of gravity. ~

The Leaning Fire Tree

Fire tree, burn and speak with rage,
before your flowers are your wreath;
burn the whole day through to its edge,
but never die with the sunset.
. . . . .
You have spoken well with your flame 
singeing the sky and the road
the pleading, the sorrow, the shame;
unheard, unseen, untold.

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