Where Will We Be, Without You Now? (Ode to Taal)

You bear witness to a lover’s promise
over the moonlight
in an early evening delight
as they made their vow
of eternal and faithful love
oh, how happy you seemed to be
as you show off your great character
and magnificent stature,
so picturesque, so attractive
you smile as lovers smile
over the complexities of love as you
you were the elegant backdrop
in every wedding proposals,
as the groom to be,
kneel before his beloved
longing for her hand
to seal their love eternally
you scream your silent hurray
as she says yes to the plea
you were there on their wedding day
on the baptism of their first child
on the first birthday
and even on a weekend family getaway
you were their safe haven
but time has changed
now you voiced your wrath away
over humanity’s indiscretion
and poor judgment
as you take on the final “I do”
while raging and smoldering
and yet then again, you never failed
to mesmerize,  to amaze us
for yours is a true beauty
amidst being scary

Where will we be, without you now?

(Photos from Shutterstock.com)

Taal Volcano is a complex volcano located on Luzon island in the Philippines, in the province of Batangas. Taal is the second most active volcano in the Philippines, with 34 recorded historical eruptions, all of which were concentrated on Volcano Island, near the middle of Taal Lake. It has become one of the most iconic and picturesque views in the Philippines with people putting Taal on their “must visit” list. Tourists have also flooded over the years adding more income to the local tourism industry.
And because of its magnificent view, it has become a favorite spot for wedding proposals, pre-nuptial photo shoots, and even weddings itself. It is said to be a very romantic and quiet place ideal for a weekend getaway.
But the world was shocked when it erupted, unnoticed last Sunday, January 12, 2020. Evacuations have been immediately made and ashfalls have reached even as far as Metro Manila.
The air has reached its dangerous level warning that people were obliged to wear masks. Classes and works have been suspended and everyone where advised to stay at home especially those who are prone to lung problems such as asthma.

Photographs of the mesmerizing Taal Volcano have been flooding the internet these days. A true beauty despite its raging character.

In a tragedy like this, we are supposed to help the victims.  But how is it that the most basic need to survive effects of volcanic eruption such as a simple face mask is sold in a ridiculous amount? Yes, face masks have been said to be sold ten times higher than its regular price or before the Taal Volcano eruption incident. This is a very sad truth. However, it is also worthy to note that individuals are handing out face masks for free.

To all the victims, our prayers and thoughts are with you …keep safe Philippines.

This is in response to the Friday fun prompt of Kate https://aroused.blog/2020/01/11/friday-fun-safety/

Published by michnavs

Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at www.michnavs.wordpress.com, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. A published author on Spillwords NYC https://spillwords.com/what-if-snowflakes-dont-fall-in-winter/ Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. kindly go check the following links –https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-the-ravaging-virulent-covid-19-pandemic-a-special-journal/ –https://personalitiesofinspiration.wordpress.com/2020/06/29/imagining-life-after-covid-19-a-womawords-june-edition/

67 thoughts on “Where Will We Be, Without You Now? (Ode to Taal)

  1. beautifully stated with great sensitivity Mich … yes nature always has two sides, the mesmerising beauty and the wrathful snap!

    I pray more will sell or give masks at reasonable rates so that nobody is without. I have a hand made clothe one for when I’m in India and Nepal. The cities have such bad pollution and allows me to wash it frequently or even dampen it for relief.


  2. Mich, the sight of the volcano eruption is awesome and mesmerising – and this is what we far away see. I love your poem, how you capture the volcano before this Sunday, the key role it has played in so many people’s lives, forever an integral part of their lives. Beautifully capturing its inherent peaceful self before the storm and devastation of eruption. I hope all are safe … a frightening and worrying time.


    1. Thank you Anika. It has been a really scary time in PH …and we can only pray that it will cease soon..and that we will only remember the beauty that it was before and how it has become a part of the most beautiful love stories.

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  3. Nature is a tremendous force, the Phillipines has more than its share of natural disasters. But eventually, there is something good that comes in the wake of horror. Be safe. Your poetry hums a galant tune.


  4. Your poem captured the majesty of nature and the way our lives are interwoven with our environment. Living in the shadow of a volcano is a risk many take… I hope everyone stays safe in uncertain times. And shame on those who would capitalize on the suffering of others! Kate is right that a multi-layer cloth mask is an essential – especially when it can be washed and reused…


  5. Your poem’s gradual slide from peaceful beauty to terrible power was mesmerizing. We watched footage of the eruption on television. How intense and frightening. Wishing you cleansing winds, safety, and a quick recovery for all those impacted by the eruption. ❤


    1. Thank you Di for sharing your insights here..while people around the area wish for more winds, we fear still, with that, that ash fall will still have to fall somewhere where the wind blows and will eventually damage more properties and live.

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  6. As always you will present us with a different and more Important view. People making money off others misfortune. A stunning mountain, but seems like it is communication with other parts of the world where humans are being unkind and nature is sending her message out loud and clear. My book Raw Earth would be something of interest to you. ❤️🌎💙


    1. Thank you Gina for saying that…maybe, i want people to see and view something froma and in a different perspective, because sometimes it is only by looking at different angles that we see things clearly, by then we can better our judgements. And yes i saw your book and i am planning to download it this week…will give you feedback as soon as i have read it..i am sure it is of relevance today..

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      1. you are right, looking from different angles won’t give us a narrow view and also understand other’s point of view, very wise as always.

        Thanks for downloading the book, I think you may have read a version of it before, the final books all have new additions though. Happy reading!


  7. I’ve been following this. My father’s family is from Lemery – they used to own property there and I remember going to Batangas as a small child. We haven’t been back in a long time. I fear when we do go back, the landscape will be very much changed. Filipinos are enterprising people however, that can also lead to some unscrupulous business practices. Your words about Taal really put into perspective the need for humans to respect of our natural world.


    1. Hi there Irma. Lemery is now part of the danger zone area as most parts have been evacuated due to some fissures.
      I have heard from some friends back home that the local government has taken actions over stores selling face mask at a higher price. They were given notice of violations.

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  8. Your beautiful poem expresses succinctly the terror and beauty of a volcano coming to life…we are hearing the same regarding concerns about the corona virus – masks are hard to come by and many are being sold at higher prices than normal. There are some very kind and generous souls who are gathering and buying these very items to send to China…I hope the ashfall has settled, Mich and thank you for bringing this tragedy to light.


  9. Natural tragedies take folks to extremes – those who take advantage and those who offer ‘free’ help. May the winds blow to clear the ash that you ‘all’ may breath safely again.


      1. Just like here when Mt. St. Helen’s unexpectedly blew her top!

        “The Eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. On May 18, 1980, an earthquake struck below the north face of Mount St. Helens in Washington state, triggering the largest landslide in recorded history and a major volcanic eruption that scattered ash across a dozen states.May 18, 2015


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