MARSHES OF CANDABA
Erle Frayne Argonza / Ra
When hawks and other living flyers
Set foot on swampy fields for feeding
Tis a marvelous sight that glows the eyes
As mark of platonic appreciation
Where muddy waters used to fill
The air with constant foul-smelling vapors
And gift the neighboring men and women
With malaria and ailments and more
And leave no space that’s fertile enough
For crops and edible greens
And there vehicles run agog
When torrents bring oceanic floods
No more is this worthy of anyone’s esteem
Than to ignore it for its fecal state
Melons and fruits and rice now abound
In this once noxious forbidden land
No more is Hope rekindled the better
Than on the marshes of Candaba
Fly! Fly! Beloved Eagle to the peasant’s nest!
And laud him with your hymns of joy
For his victorious heartwarming travails on swamps
Indeed make him a true human champion.
[Writ. 06 June 1988, Proj. 8, Quezon City, M.Manila]
From swamp to farm, from wasteland to production enclave, from nature’s ruins to citadels of life is the theme of the new life that was breathed into the swampy area of Candaba, a town in Pampanga province, to the north of Manila.
The wonderful narrative of Candaba had lived on for years, even as migratory birds flock there till these days to fill up people’s admiring eyes and ceaselessly churn out new stories of unfolding life. Not only does it pose itself as testimony to the travails of Mother Nature, it likewise poses itself as testimony to the sojourns of the ‘earth worker’ peasants who have given off much love and labors for the caring of Mother Earth.
Those who deeply cared for the Earth and nurtured its endowments without let up, perhaps across many embodiments till the present ones as farmer and/or indigenous people, will be elevated to higher dimension by Gaia once the Terra ascends by late 2012. They will comprise anywhere from 33% to 40% of Terrans who will comprise the population of the New Earth.
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