there is that tall tree
in the garden that
gnaws at my loneliness
the tree that looms
into sky and my heart
with a chilling quietness
that cries that
'it has gone on for too long'.
- Chunghoo (excerpt from That Lonely Tree)
Someone once told me that, the essence of a tree are their leaves. Without them, they seem to be dead. I beg to differ. They "seem" dead, but life flows through them and people with better judgement know that this stage passes too. Exactly like the summer heat. I don't fancy flowers that much, but I like these "seemingly" dead trees. I like looking at them. I like the image they depict into the world.
What it's like in Manila right now? I got two words for you. Summer Heat. If I am not mistaken, the weather already marked from at least 32 to 35 degrees Celcius. Boy, it's sizzling here. I went out the other day to take some photos. It's very early in the morning and I already accrued a mass of sweat without even the effort. I've been through this clammy weather before, but I guess one will never get used it. Putek, ang init talaga!
The photos above were taken in strangely different locations. My favorite spots somewhere in UP Diliman and UPLB. All I have to do was to look up, stare, and find them smiling back at me. Then I'll come back a few months after and the next thing I know, they'll be growing their lovely leaves again. Flowers are bonuses to feast on. This is nature's miracles and it may happen more often than we thought, we just chose to ignore it.