“Change is the one constant in life.”
– Rosa Guy (1925? – ), Trinidadian-born U.S. writer








(of Peñaranda Park*, in the ‘60s; nowhere today)

yellow bells casting mellow spells
when abloom they cast away gloom
by the sight of them my heart swells
by scent of them my spirits boom.

arched blossoms of bright golden shade
their buds in lush, their blooms a-plush
in glade and glen they gleam, not fade
in dale and dell they dwell a-flush.

on bushes green they grin akin
to mermaids’ lips of tulips pale
on sepals lean they mean to sheen
like fairy’s hair in fairy tale.

yellow bells casting mellow spells
their magic charm in warm endear
in silence hence, the chime of bells
i hear so near in dearly cheer.

– between then and now is change.

(c) 2004 Chito L. Aguilar


* Peñaranda Park, in Legaspi City, Albay, Philippines, was named after Jose Ma. Peñaranda, Governor of Albay, 1834-43. The American Liberation Forces installed a  bronze bell replica of  USA’s Liberty Bell in this park to symbolize “anti-oppression”.   It is an early freedom park.  During the ‘60s, trees and yellow bell flowers flourished along the park’s perimeter, making it one of the most beautiful places in the province of Albay.


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