Slope Point by Tea Solon

The painting of a storm blowing a tree violently and swirls of blue depicting wind in the background
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as the trees

at Slope Point

that had to endure

the violent winds

and heavy rains

more times than

the ripping of

calendars allow

so that they twist

themselves to

wherever the gust

leads them in order

not to get uprooted

or die, so are you,

my friend, need to

stay rooted no matter

the harsh conditions

of everyday life.

it is natural to break

and lose parts of your

self at the onset of

slaughtering winds

and suffocating rains

but your roots must tear

the core of the earth

like precious minerals

when you dig for strength

from your innermost self,

you will discover how

you are genuinely breathtaking.


TEA SOLON enjoys gulping butung any given day. In her capacity as professor, researcher, and administrator, she has served the academe for nearly two decades. A boring mom and annoying mamarazzi, her bragging rights include basil grower, cancer warrior, and Kabisdak contributor. Tea owns Butung is Layp (Coconut is Life) where she posts her Cebuano and English writings, and translations.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Tea’s poetry is the perfect anthem for strength and recovery. The storms will continue to blow, the gusts threatening to uproot the essence of our very beings. But will we allow ourselves to be overthrown? Never! Till we breathe and till we dream, we will fight, survive, and prepare ourselves for the next battle. This poem is a powerful form of expression.
    Congratulations Tea!

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    1. butungislayp says:

      Thank you so much for the support and boost, Terveen! May this piece bring grit to every person who reads it. Love and light to all 💜💜💜

      Liked by 2 people

    1. butungislayp says:

      Thank you, Don Matthew 💜

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  2. jonicaggiano says:

    It is wonderful to see you published here. I could feel this piece, it is powerful and full of strong messages. Congratulations, Hugs, Joni

    Liked by 2 people

    1. butungislayp says:

      Daghang salamat, Joni 💜 It is exhilarating to have my first piece with MasticadoresIndia go live. I am happy to know this entry speaks to you, a powerful, strong and loving woman. Hugs and infinite blessings, my friend 💜💜💜

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  3. Nanay Di says:

    Good job ti! Magaling! Magaling! Magaling!👏🙏❤️

    Liked by 2 people

    1. butungislayp says:

      Thanks, Di Lovelovelove 💜💜💜


  4. Such lovely poetry Tea❣️

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    1. butungislayp says:

      This warms my heart 💜 Thank you so much, Cindy! 💜


  5. Jeff Flesch says:

    A beautiful piece, Tea. Breaking is so much a part of the process, as is remaining rooted in who we truly are. I love this one. 💜💜💜

    Liked by 2 people

  6. butungislayp says:

    Your thoughts on the piece makes my morning. Indeed this lifedance of breaking and staying rooted in who we truly are is a priced choreography that we need to master. I am happy you love this one. Thank you, Jeff 💜💜💜


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