Green-minded

Green-minded ako
 
Berde… berde ang kulay ng mga puno
Mga punong sa halip na pinaparami
Pinuputol, pinapatay
Pinapalitan ng matatagoy na kongkreto
 
Berde… berde and kulay ng gulay
Sabi’y pampahaba ng buhay
Ng tao, at ng mundo
Dahil bawas sa karne
Bawas sa emisyon ng karbong
Nakasusulasok
Maitim na usok
Na sa planeta’y bumabalot
 
Planetang nalulunod din sa basura at plastik
Plastik na sumasayaw sa hangin
Lumalangoy sa ilog
Lumulutang sa karagatan
Plastik na nasa isdang kinakain
Sa tubig na iniinom
 
Tila wala ng pag-asa
Wala na nga ba?
Ang mga isip-berde ay hindi papatalo
 
Patuloy ang buga ng karbon
Kasabay ng pag-usbong ng malinis na enerhiya
Mula sa tubig, hangin, at araw
Kumakaripas sa takbo ang urbanisasyon
Ngunit humahabol ang mga ideya
Ng green architecture at green space
Marami ang walang pakialam
Walang pakundangan sa pagbili at pagtapon,
Pagbili at pagtapon, pagbili at pagtapon
Subalit marami rin ang nakikialam
Binabago ang pananaw na wala tayong magagawa
Sa bawat pagtatanim ng puno
Sa bawat pagsuporta sa renewable energy
Sa bawat pagpili sa maka-kalikasang produkto
Sa bawat paghindi sa plastic straw, at plastic bag,
At plastic water bottle, at plastic spoon and fork
Sa bawat pagkonsumo ng organikong pagkain
Ang mga ito’y parang patak
Ambon sa umpisa
Nawa’y maging daluyong ng isip-berdeng gawa
 
Green-minded ako…
Sana ikaw din
 
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Gratitude

Gratitude

To waking up every morning
To clear skies, to the rain falling
To tasty treats and hearty meals
To healthy food that heals
To kind words, to honesty
To genuine generosity
To beautiful people, to helping out
To traveling feet here and about
To diversity, to sights and sounds
To kindred spirits and friendships found
To come and go, like night and day
To those who choose to stay
To shared stories of rise and fall
To accepting people, warts and all
To peace and breaking up fights
To standing up for what is right
To trees, to plants, to nature
To family that continues to nurture
To creativity, to music, to art
To connections of the heart
To pain and healing
To the joy of life worth living
 
To another year
I’m truly grateful

Aesthete

batanes (22)
I like to stand at the summit
And gaze at the sea of clouds
The magnificent mountain ranges
The sunset
The sunrise
I like how the cool wind embraces me
Tousling my hair
Like gentle hands giving its affectionate gesture
Dancing through the branches and leaves
Making them wave their hello
I like the refreshing smell of the air
The scent of wood, and soil, and vegetation
I like how the birds tweet a tune
And crickets and night creatures with their orchestra of sounds
I close my eyes and stretch my arms
Taking it all in

Aesthete (adj.): Someone with deep sensitivity to the beauty of art or nature.

Do you enjoy nature, too? If so, do your part. Be stewards of the environment. Happy Earth Day everyone!

Tanka # 2

Dig the ground until
It can no longer cough out
Those precious metals
Just because you can, you will
As you always do, you kill

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez decides to shut down several mining sites in the Philippines. This is a welcome news for environmentalists but of course, the mining industry cried foul in defense for economic gain and jobs. Amidst environmental destruction and local communities suffering, these smug capitalists still feel entitled claiming their right to destroy the planet.

Ingay

Napakaingay
Nakabibinging katahimikan
Mula sa walang pakialam
Walang humpay na talak
Ng nagmamagaling
Diskusyon ng intelektuwal
Pagpipintas at pangungutya
Ng walang magawa
Kanya-kanyang pananaw
Kanya-kanyang paliwanag
Batuhan ng kuru-kuro
Ng sentimiyento
Ng mga baho
Sino ang mas magaling?
Sino ang tama?
Sino ang santo?
Sino ang panalo?
Tanda ng kamulatan?
O pawang katangahan?
Nakakalito
Nakakahilo
Kanino maniniwala?
Sino ang nagsasabi ng totoo?
Alamin, makialam, magtanong
O mas mainam ba
Na manahimik na lamang
At wag ng dumagdag
Sa kalansing ng latang walang laman?