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Farmers armed with one conviction
Fists raised high, clenching to signboards
With nothing but belief as swords

Cries of mercy and compassion
Blood, sweat and tears shed over soil
Of cruel drought, save them from turmoil

When will we end this starvation?
Ironic how farmers who plowed
In times of mishap, disavowed

Stop greed and humiliation
Sacks of rice they rightfully claim
Grant them justice instead of blame

Uphold peace and liberation
Milagrosa to them you owe
Sinandomeng to them bestow

Farmers armed with one conviction
Cries of mercy and compassion
When will we end this starvation?
Stop greed and humiliation
Uphold peace and liberation

Poetry Poem: Constanza


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Day 5: Today, I challenge you to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities. To help you out, here are links to theSouthern Exposure Seed Exchange and the Baker Creek Seed Company. Also, here’s a hint – tomatoes seem to be prime territory for elaborate names. And who knows, maybe you’ll even find something to plant in your garden! Happy writing!

April 1 ended with at least two farmers killed and 116 others wounded when police dispersed a drought protest action in Kidapawan City. The Kidapawan farmers held the demonstration to demand that government release 15,000 sacks of rice to them after being severely affected by El Niño for the past several months. But instead of resolving the issue in a peaceful way, armed forces fired shots on protesting farmers which led to deaths and injuries.

Various groups and concerned citizens took on social media to express solidarity with farmers using the hastag, #BigasHindiBala. This is my simple tribute. Milagrosa and Sinandomeng are some of the Philippines’rice varieties which these very farmers are planting.

Read more 2016 NaPoWriMo entries here!

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