Saturday, July 11, 2015

Requiem to a Two-Headed Stingray (Manta Ray) - Version 2

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 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Manta Ray (Manta birostis) being butchered on a beach in
San Luis, Batangas circa 1999. Photos by the author.

Requiem to Manta

It's murder cold as steel, but who would say
     but the magistrate, and the fool?
food for the fisherman and his cohorts,
     their children going to school.

It's murder that got away from many eyes,
     one day, next time, 'til there's none
to kill, and lo! to the culprits now robbed
     of living for what they've done.

And the sea becomes still in emptiness:
     where have the Chondrichthyes gone,
their allies that make the web of living,
      the children going to school? ~

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