Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Silhouette of Buri Palm, a threatened species

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, [www.pbs.gov.ph] 8-9 evening class Monday to Friday
Philippine buri palm, Corypha microclada Bess.

Buri lives to a hundred years, not anymore;

orphaned on the landscape, it can't endure

typhoons, floods, pollution, over harvesting:

its young leaves for Palm Sunday palaspas,

woven into mat and shingle, its buntal fiber

makes the finest hat for the rich and famous,

the irony of being precious, it dies young 

and its species may disappear forever. ~


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