Friday, February 08, 2008

The orchard

In honor of Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada, a flawed and reluctant hero, but a hero nonetheless -- as all heroes are:

Not too long ago, I visited a farm in the uplands. A sun-browned farmer in tattered clothes and well-worn slippers was my guide. He took me around an orchard that was wild with greenery. I marvelled at the fertile bounty.

On the guava trees the branches bent low with heavy fruit. I turned to my guide and said to him: "You know, if you harvested these guava fruits, you could sell them in the lowlands for a good price."

My guide smiled sheepishly under his fraying straw hat. White teeth glistened in the hot afternoon sun as he pronounced a bit of folk wisdom that I carry with me to this day:

"If I did that, sir, the birds will have nothing to eat. What would happen to them?"

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