Eddie Roa

(June 22,1942 / Manila. Philippines)

Scarecrow


The scarecrow with fluttering hands
Thought he scared away the blackbirds
Cawing in feigned terror, they dart about mockingly
The tattered suit, the poker faced grin
Remained as timeless as the stacks of grain
As seen from the paddies marking time by shadows

He only moves by wind, the only one
Trusted by heaven to be its witness
As the silent monitor of the passing of time
And all the human bumblings and errors
Losing to ravens and puny ricebirds

Ah, forlorn monument in the paddies
Who placed you there is the real fool
You cannot even scare away the tiny mice
Frolicking about your ragged hem.
Are you the stalwart sentinel designate
Who has concern over all?

Submitted: Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Edited: Monday, April 26, 2010

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