UNESCO World Poetry Day 2011

Manila Bulletin had an article today about World Poetry Day and how we should work towards encouraging the youth to write poems about nature and the environment. I couldn’t agree more. It would be another form of advocating for environmental causes and immortalizing the beauty of nature in words.

In celebration of World Poetry Day (which coincides with my parents’ 30th Wedding Anniversary), I would like to pay tribute to Alfred Joyce Kilmer’s Trees. The verses of this poem, presently line a stretch of the road that leads to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.



I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the sweet earth’s flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,

But only God can make a tree.

Tree-planting with Loren Legarda


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