I love cogon grasses.

Cogonal fields bring me to trance when rose gardens bore me to death. Roses are dull and they smell the same that not even their colors can unfetter them from the pathetic truth of being nothing but boring.

Cogons, on the other hand, are shy and mysterious. They grow silently and they die silently but never unnoticed. A cogon-adoring too, the wind weeps for the death of cogons, its tears showering on the departed soil, breaking its sudden infertility.

Only then that the emancipation of the fresh cogons happen. And a new love affair happens again.

The wind makes love to the cogon as if there is no tomorrow. The wind usually slaps the cogons softly, teasing them until their stiff bodies bend gracefully, as if in sweet surrender.

Whether the arching of their bodies means reaching an orgasm is something that the wind and cogons can only tell and understand.

But not at all times is the wind soft in caressing these grasses. Sometimes, the wind is harsh. Sometimes it hits the cogons strongly that it breaks the bones of the poor grasses, leaving them listless on the ground.

Then, lifeless.

And the wind and I will await for the new breed to spring again. And until then the chanting of the requiem stops.





6 comments:

cruise247 said...

i was kinda suddened by your comment, judgemental ang dating ng comment mo. pls review, you dont do not know who we are. if you want you cant visit our site at www.adtrek.blogspot.com

you are picking the words literally and trying to interpret in your own standard, giving judgement to other people.

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Ako mahilig din sa bundok. Kaya lang, I have learned to tag myself not as a mountain climber but a mountaineer. Kaakibat nyan syempre pa ang pagiging environmental activist ko.

Malaki ang pagkakaiba ng dalawang katawagang ito. Malayo ang kanilang pagkakaiba.

Bilang mountaineer, alam ko ang responsibilidad ko--hindi lamang sa sarili ko kundi maging sa bundok na inaakyat ko.

Sinasamba natin ang bundok, mga ilog, mga punong kahoy at iba pang natural na mga elemento--pero bakit nga ba walang pakundangan ang pasira sa mga ito ng mga taong nagkukunyaring lovers nito?

---naisip ko lang.

cruise247 said...

my guests and readers are obviously not mountaineers and its not fair to praise yourself while giving an impression that they are different from mountaineers generalizing that if you are not a mountaineer you are not protecting the environment. i dont know you and you dont know us, i only saw your name once in my blog and i dont have the right to judge you as well. nakakagulat lang talaga ang comment mo, out of the topic at wala sa timing, and judgemental ang dating..

cruise said...

hindi ko naman sinasabi na mali ka, i just dont agree sa tunog judgemental ng comment mo, its out of topic. we are on the same side as far as protecting the environment. but we teach them in proper forum and time. my blog is about photography and not mountaineering just to let you know, if they decided to come with me and join me, thats the time i orient them about your concerns, we even go to DENR and other public offcials for briefting.

i have to congratulate you for your true love for taking care of the environment at babakas ako sayo dyan, but pls dont be haste in words. yun lang naman.

bananas said...

@Cruise: Totally out of topic ito sa Cogon entry ko pero gusto kitang sagutin dito. Dito mo rin naman kasi nilabas ang iyong sama ng loob...

Gaya nang nasabi ko sa post mo na tiyak kong binura mo na naman--Kung paano mong binasa ang nasulat ko at naapektuhan ang iyong pakiramdam nito ay hindi ko ito kontrolado. Lalong lalo na, hindi ko ito kasalanan.

Kung palagay mo'y naging judgemental ako, hindi ko alam. Proseso mo yon. Nirerespeto ko yan. Hindi ko ito magiging isyu.

Kung sa tingin mo out of topic ako? mali ka don. Bundok ang pinag-uusapan natin--mountain climbing at mountaineering.

Kung Photography man ang laman ng blog mo ay hindi ito kaiba sa mensahe nating, sabi mo nga, ay pareho naman--Unang-unan, mountaineering at mountain climbing ang iyong naging paksa sa partikular na entry na yon.

Kung pumupunta ka man sa DENR o sa PAMB o kung ano mang ahensya para i-brief (na ang tamang proseso naman sana ay i-educate sila) ang iyong mga guest na, sabi mo nga ay hindi mga mountaineers, ay isang dapat lamang na hakbang.

(Natuwa naman ako sayo at may natitira ka pa ring bilib ka pa sa DENR)

Gusto rin kitang i-quote:

my guests and readers are obviously not mountaineers and its not fair to praise yourself while giving an impression that they are different from mountaineers generalizing that if you are not a mountaineer you are not protecting the environment.

Dito nagkakaroon ng malaking problema. Una, hindi nga sila mountaineer kaya walang gaanong aasahan mula sa kanila kung ang pagiging responsible mountaineer ang pag-uusapan.

Ngayon, masisisi ba natin sila pag nagkataon?

Responsibilidad nila ang kanilang mga sarili pero magiging responsibilidad mo sila dahil, sabi mo nga, guest mo sila.

May butas na agad sa pagpayag sa walang pakundangang pag-akyat-akyat ng mga wala namang muwang sa kung ano ang isang pagiging responsableng mountaineer.

At hindi ito maituturo sa isang ilang oras na briefing lamang. Hindi ito magagarantiya ng isang ID lamang o ng isang t-shirt na ang tatak ay maaring isalin sa "nanggahasa na naman ako ng bundok nang hindi ko alam."

Ang pagiging responsableng mountaineer, o kaya'y responsableng mountain climber, ay higit sa lahat hindi hindi kayang bayaran ng ilang daan registration fee.

Ang prente ng environmental protection ay hindi lamang sa pagiging mountaineer. Isa lamang ito sa maraming prente at hindi ko sinabing ito ang kabuuan ng malawakang pakikipaglaban upang hindi lamang mapangalagaan, kundi upang maproteksyonan, ang kalikasan.

Jerome aka Bridget Jones said...

basta ako, i love the cogon entry...very peaceful and timely especially with the new cool, green layout. taray, ning!

bananas said...

@jerome: Ironic lang kasi klarong misfit ang naunang comments sa entry na ito.

pero ganun talaga. Minsan, we get to feel peace more only when we recognize and appreciate the force of chaos.