cecile s. yumul
LITANY OF MOTHER EARTH TO MAN

Mother Earth said and Man replied.

I.

Mother Earth: Kindness for all the creatures great and small.

Man: All mine to subdue, to kill, and how else they can be of use.

II.

Mother Earth: Take if you must only what you can consume for a day.

Man: All I can shoot that fly in the sky to hoard up for the other days.

III.

Mother Earth: Pick from trees only the ripe fruits you can eat free from threat of illness.

Man: All that my hands can reach to carry in sacks and mine is the way to ripen them.

IV.

Mother Earth: Free flowing water from the streams for you to not thirst, among other uses.

Man: All that I can siphon and divert for maximum gains.

V.

Mother Earth: Minerals in bounty to keep the underneath solid.

Man: All mine to dig, to blast, to extract and restructure for ornate displays of power.

VI.

Mother Earth: Trees with massive roots and gigantic crowns to shelter, to feed, to protect.

Man: All that I can kill and clear from the land I want to own for my sole use.

VII.

Mother Earth: The Sea so deep, so infinite that all may partake from its bounty without borders.

Man: All I am able to catch from the nets I cast; but nay from the pens I stake in the open seas.

VIII.

Mother Earth: I fill the land, the air, and seas that every man may be fed and sheltered.

Man: All that I can claim even if it's more than I will ever need.

IX.

Mother Earth: There is the Sun that you may harness the power of its rays.

Man: All that I can invent to show you I am better than the sunlight.

X.

Mother Earth: The Moon to light the dark while you rest from a hard day's work.

Man: All the hours I can keep awake even when night takes over I will not rest.
—Posted: 12:26 AM 7/17/12 by eK! | Post Your Comment!



About the author. Cecile Santos Yumul is a veteran award winning Broadcast Journalist, a visionary teacher (Most Outstanding Teacher of the Philipines in 1992), a nationalist (Most Outstanding Kapampangan for Education in 1993), an environmentalist, and a dedicated daughter. She has over 35 years experience in the field of arts as an actor, director, and author. She is a published writer (Woman's Magazine) of essays, poems, short stories, and social commentaries. She currently resides in Lakandula, Mabalacat, Pampanga with her Mother, 18 dogs, doves, and bonsais.
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