Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Where have all the native fruits gone?

Dr Abe V Rotor

Black sapote (Diospyrus nigra)
Siniguelas (Spondias purpurea)
Native guava (Psidium guajava), sampalok (Tamarindus indica)

Where have all the native guava gone,
the bats and birds and the young one?

Where have all the sweet nangka gone,
its fruits buried under the ground?

Where have all the old piña gone,
on the upland, sweetened by the sun?

Where have all the red papaya gone,
solo by name, the only of a kind?

Where have all the pomegranate gone,
friendly though like the deadly one. 

Where have all the pako mango gone,
to cook the finest sinigang?

Where have all the big pomelo gone,
its rind made into jelly and jam?

Where have all the red macopa gone,
the laughing children in its arm?

Gone to the genie everyone,
technology’s child becoming man. ~

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