cecile s. yumul
LITANY OF THE SEA TO MAN

Sea: More than half the planet I have filled so that men may fish for a living.

Man: So plenty I can take from the depths of the sea more than my eyes can see.

II.

Sea: Too many to mention are the creatures that inhabit the wide open sea.

Man: Oh, so much that I must make plans to capture and bring out for all to see.

III.

Sea: The bounty which you see visible when you cast your nets should more than suffice.

Man: My, my, there must be more down under so I dive to the depths that I may see.

IV.

Sea: The corals and the reefs live for more than just underwater beauty.

Man: Ha! Such color and intricate designs I must take out from under the sea.

V.

Sea: I have provided sea creatures of all sizes and shapes and their own reasons for being.

Man: Mine to take from out of the sea and trade for I have to make my coffers overfill.

VI.

Sea: I have borne for so long and too much of your wastes and wanton greed that I tremble.

Man: Keep still and take into your darkest depths more of what I need to hide from sight.

VII.

Sea: I feel the slow death of all living things under my protection from your reckless acts.

Man: Your boundaries are wide and so deep I shall not heed your trembling and whining.

VIII.

Sea: I am suffocating and about to retch, I call on my brothers, Earth, Wind and Fire.

Man: Yours is not to command for I can change your patterns and disperse your brothers.

IX.

Sea: Heed my plead, for you are not above any of the creatures you caused to perish.

Man: Superior and above all other creatures I am that I can read your slightest movement.

X.

Sea: Foolish creature, to think that you are better than all of us who feed you, keep you alive.

Man: I can create life and can replicate and provide substitute for what you will no longer give.

XI.

Sea: Haughty man who has never done any act of contrition, I give back all you've poured to me.

Man: You threaten me? What is your might and power against my tools of science and technology?

Sea: Brothers, Earth, Wind and Fire, let us show mankind our might and power over his.


The Earth trembled and buildings shook, some collapsed.

The Wind caused houses to fly and steel to twist out of shape.

The Fire consumed what brothers Earth and Wind combined together in mangled heaps.

The Sea finally retched and vomited back to mankind all the garbage he dumped into the waterways.
—Posted: 5:30 PM 8/30/12 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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