“The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep.”
– Robert Frost (1874 – 1963), U.S. poet
(Mt. Apo*, Davao, Philippines, 1979)
entranced by solace of the mountain,
lulled by verdant trees of tranquil twigs,
i sense cool mist embrace me
in the stillness of the leaves.
early birds sing morning anthem
as tapestry of sunrays in shifting shades
garnish the foliage…
enthralled, my woes flee as the fading fog –
respite from dullness of mundane routine.
amidst the suffocating serenity
recreation and occupation
vacation and vocation
(c) 1979 Chito L. Aguilar
* Mt. Apo, the “Grandfather” of Philippine peaks, is the highest mountain
in the country. Rising 2,954 meters, it straddles Davao del Sur and North Cotabato
in Mindanao. Mt. Apo is home to the endangered Philippine monkey-eating eagle.