Rice paddy field with coconut trees in the background. Image from Pixabay.

“Memories Of The Countryside”

Rice paddy field with coconut trees in the background. Image from Pixabay.

Moon bids farewell
Hid herself among the clouds
Cicadas chirped in the narra tree
Lullabies of sound slumber
Soft breeze rustle the rono grass
In a distance, a fading barking of dogs

Light steps among the dewy grass
No sounds even a hairpin’s drop
A knock on the bamboo door
And a familiar voice that says, “Tao po.”
Flicker of the gas lamp
A smile, a warm greeting
Into the hut
Seven shadows entered
Youth on their prime,
“Magandang gabi, ‘tay!”

Tomorrow,
Start of the whole day
Study on agrarian revolution.


Martina Santos is a seasoned community organizer, researcher, lecturer, and writer. A staunch paladin for the poor, the marginalized, and the abused, Martina spends much of her time aiding others in need. She also loves travelling, gardening, and cooking.

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