Emoting A Landscape - Poem by RIC BASTASA

the rice paddies are dead, they have been long cracking
drying under the cruelty of the summer sun scorching every leaf and pebble
as the mud fish buries itself under for another hibernation

the trees are not complaining compliant with the strong dry wind
from the bald and browning mountain peaks towering to kiss the clouds

the pathways are bare and vacant for no child comes out and plays on the fields
the carabaos are kept under the shadows of the mahogany trees while the man

near the well bathes naked as the woman pretends to wash the dirty clothes
someone peeps with mad eyes, ready with his bolo behind the thick bush.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 16, 2009

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