Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Misty Morning in a Garden

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

-An on-the-spot painting at the UST Botanical garden by the author, with the 
tallest tree Alstonia scholaris, locally known as dita (photo) as principal subject.

Morning at the UST Botanical Garden

It is misty, it is foggy, here in the garden,
    or it must be smog in the city air;
and the early rays pierce through like spears,
     yet this is the best place for a lair.

But the artist must be provoked, challenged;
     for peace can't make a masterpiece;
only a troubled soul do rise where others fall,
     where ease and good life often miss.

This lair is where the action is, the battlefield,
     where pure and polluted air meet,
where a garden in a concrete jungle reigns,
     where nature's trail ends in a street.

Art, where is art, when the message is unclear,
     colors, colors, what color is blind faith?
what color is rage, what color is change?
     colors be humble - black is your fate. ~

NOTE: I invite our music enthusiasts to compose a song out of this poem as lyrics - something romantic and hopeful, imparting a message of love and reverence to nature, and therefore to the Creator.  The first stanza may be adapted as Refrain. 

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