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Five Trees in acrylic, AVR 1995
Trees, like humans, also talk. They talk to one another everyday.
Actually the breeze passing through their leaves carry their conversations and even their songs and messages.
Only that we do not understand what they are saying, so we can only make inferences. For example, the rustling of their leaves and their outstretched branches touching one another, or some trees leaning to get close to others undoubtedly vouch this belief to the level of phenomenon.
The communication of trees runs through a network that enhances the unity and harmony of the ecosystem they form. Sometimes this kind of communication is perceived as queer, unintelligible sounds which made our ancestors believe there are spirits guarding the place like the deity Maria Makiling guarding the forest that is named after her.
Old folks advise us trespassers just to utter reverently "Bari-bari... Or tabi-tabi, po." when going through the forest or thicket.
One day five juvenile narra trees were engaged in a conversation.
Said one, "When I grow up and reach my fate to be cut down, I wish that I be made into a beautiful bed fit only for a king or queen."
The four trees began to have their own wishes, too.
Said the second narra, "I would like to be the mast of the tallest ship that travels fast and wide on the ocean."
Said the third, "I will make a fort, a strong fort, no invader can break through."
The fourth narra tree took sometime to think, then said, "I'll be a tower to carries a big bell."
The fifth was the last to speak, but not outwitted. "Oh, in my case I would like to give all my wood to make the biggest temple of worship."
Years and years passed, and the trees finally reached full maturity. The woodsmen came and cut them down.
Guess what happened to the trees. Did all their wishes come true?
The first tree did not become a beautiful bed, but only a manger, actually a feeding trough in a secluded barn.
The second tree did not become part of a tall ship, it was made into a simple boat.
The third tree was not made into a strong fort, only a stem of it the size of a pencil became a writing tool of sort.
The fourth tree was not made into a belfry, but just one branch of it was made into a fine shepherd's crook.
The fifth tree failed to provide materials to build the largest temple of worship, two limbs were made into a cross.
So when Christ came into this world, he was born on a manger. It was comfortable enough on a wintry night?
When He became a shepherd, He looked for a crook and found a sturdy one to tend His sheep.
As a Preacher He rode on a dinghy on which he delivered his sermons and told parables before the throng along the shores of Galilee.
When people were about to stone a sinner to death, He took a stick and wrote something on the ground, and on rising said, "He who has no sin cast the first stone." No one did.
Alas! When Christ was condemned to die, He carried a wooden cross and on it he was crucified. The cross became the symbol of Christianity.
When I went to see for myself the alleged part of the forest where the five trees once grew, I found nothing but grass. There was complete silence as a beam of light from the sky shone on the spot where I stood. ~
Article inspired by Dr Juan Flavier's Parable of the Barrio.