--Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director, Tebtebba Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, excerpt from Dayalogo 2020: Indigenous Peoples' Agriculture and Food Sovereignty, 19 November 2020, 9AM - 12NN
Mayhap, it's because the nights get inundated with a deafening lull that demands you to recall the fleeting instances filled with joy-- those moments spent together, when we were naively young and utterly consumed by the wondrous symbiosis of you and I. The present world is so cold that naught else gets to reflect those precious memories of old; you aren't here with me and nothing has meaning anymore.
...And if I could tear down these pages that were written during my absence, you'll comprehend the depth of these persistent, irking tears. A cupful of love to soothe the mistake; a shot full of cries to stop the pain. Beloved, a million terrors fill the skies; yet the sun's still up there and it's about to shine. My devotion springs eternal and I won't ever say goodbye.
Children frolicking under the rain, Laughing and dancing like they're insane; Amid crippling disease and hunger, Hearts bloom with hope and prayer; The sky attempts to cleanse the land, Bathing everyone with its tears.