Before Milenyo's strong winds
Before . . .

Outside the Fence
. . . After

In Iligan we call them “cherries”, Cebuanos say “mansanitas”, Tagalogs call them “alatires”.

But they’re gone now, along with the bigger, older one outside the fence, victims of Milenyo’s fury. For days onwards birds would sit on the edge of our roof and chirp in confusion, wondering where their snack tree was.

* * *

The Ashanti tribe of Ghana say “A mighty tree has fallen” instead of “the king has died.”

I would like to extend my condolences to the Rozul clan of Mendez, Cavite, and to the Galzote clan in Urdaneta, Pangasinan, the patriarchs of whom have recently passed into the great beyond.

How the mighty trees have fallen

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