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ALBERT B. CASUGA, a Philippine-born writer, lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, where he continues to write poetry, fiction, and criticism after his retirement from teaching and serving as an elected member of his region's school board. He was nominated to the Mississauga Arts Council Literary Awards in 2007. A graduate of the Royal and Pontifical University of St. Thomas (now University of Santo Tomas, Manila. Literature and English, magna cum laude), he taught English and Literature (Criticism, Theory, and Creative Writing) at the Philippines' De La Salle University and San Beda College. He has authored books of poetry, short stories, literary theory and criticism. He has won awards for his works in Canada, the U.S.A., and the Philippines. His latest work, A Theory of Echoes and Other Poems was published February 2009 by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House. His fiction and poetry were published by online literary journals Asia Writes and Coastal Poems recently. He was a Fellow at the 1972 Silliman University Writers Workshop, Philippines. As a journalist, he worked with the United Press International and wrote an art column for the defunct Philippines Herald.

Friday, July 1, 2011

A DIALOGUE ON A DEAD CHERRY TREE (Conversations with Stick Series #17)

…then the dead cherry beside the porch fills with birds.* 


“They also serve who stand and wait.”
Remember that line? Was it Milton, Stick? 

Huh? Where’s the waiter? Who’s serving? 

Look at that dead cherry tree. Who would
think the birds would prefer to perch there? 

With this gust, no leaves will slap them! 

Small consolation, but you might be right.
With perfect foliage, the tree sways faster. 

A wind punch is not as hard on a dead branch. 

Oh, what I’d forgive for the sight of a tree
With these birds for leaves! But when the
Wind breaks the tree, won’t they simply fly? 

It’s the first time you said I’m right, milord. 

You’re a dead branch yourself, dear Stick.
Look how I lean on you, each step I take.

---Albert B. Casuga

*Prompt: From The Morning Porch, Dave Bonta, 06-29-11

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