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The Boy Who Ate Stars
Transcript of The Boy Who Ate Stars
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Details (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr (cc) photo by Franco Folini on Flickr (cc) photo by jimmyharris on Flickr Stockholm (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr •Born in 1945, he is also known as Krip Yuson •He is one of the Philippines’ most prolific writers. He has authored 19 books, including novels, poetry collections, short fiction, essays, and children's stories, apart from having edited various other titles. Yuson's mastery of language has been described as ‘heraldic' and having the ‘power to transform'. He has also been compared to Wallace Stevens and Randal Jarrell. His writing prowess is manifested in the number and variety of genres he creates in: poetry, fiction, children’s fiction, essay, screen writing, scriptwriting, book and magazine editing, and newspaper column writing. Prior to his blossoming as a writer, Yuson had attended several writing workshops in Iowa, USA, Hawaii, Scotland, and Sydney. Among his literary awards are the Hall of Fame of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, South East Asian Write Award for lifetiime achievement, and Stalwart of Art and Culture Award from the City of Award (CMMA) for Best Screenplay. Among his published collections of poetry are Sea Serpent, Trading in Mermaids, Mothers like Elephants, Hairtrigger Loves: 50 Poems on Woman. Yuson currently writes a literature and culture column for The Philippine Star. He also teaches fiction and poetry at Ateneo de Manila University, where he holds the Henry Lee Irwin Professorial Chair in Creative Writing. His two novels, "The Great Philippine Jungle Café" and "Voyeurs & Savages" are studies of Philippine culture. The story is about a boy who lived in a small village in the forest and always wanted to eat the stars in the sky. Since there is nothing much to do at night, the boy always wished that he could reach up in the sky and pluck the stars. One day a stranger came bringing with him a sharp objects that could cut trees. He promised the villager that he would make their wishes come true if they would let him cut all the trees that he wanted. Every night, many trees have fallen to the ground and more stars are visible from the sky. The boy, seeing more and more stars, got more eager to eat those stars. The stranger approached the boy and asked for his wish and the boy’s wish came true. The boy was able to reach the stars in the sky and he ate it. Every day the stranger would cut down trees and every night, more stars would shine and the boy would reach for the stars that he wanted until there are no more trees left and so as the stars in the sky. The villagers saw how the wishes that had been granted came to an end. The boy hungers for more stars but he could not see any stars in the sky. The villagers started to fight among themselves over small reasons. The villagers were troubled for the loss of the stars. Another stranger came and brought a single tree. He told the villagers that they could have the tree since there seem to be no more trees around. They allowed him to plant the tree and the stranger promised that he would make the tree grow and bear more trees until they had their forest again. The second stranger placed a star at the top of the tree and told the villagers that it would remind them that they should stop fighting with each other. As expected, the boy wanted to eat the star but the second stranger explained to him that it is not meant to be eaten just as the stars n the sky were not meant to be eaten. He said that stars would remind them of peace. The boy felt sorry for what he have done until the stars burst out form the mouth of the boy and flew to the sky. The villagers felt joy in their hearts again. Each day, trees grew and bore fruits until the villagers regained their happy forest. The boy grew up to be a man and saw only few stars across the trees. He still hungered for the stars but then he remembered what the stranger told him about stars. The action “eating stars” is like greediness. Being greedy to achieve and have something can have an equivalent effect, it may be good or bad. In the real world, the first stranger, who promised the villagers in exchange of cutting the trees, would be those people who promised us to have a happy life, tempts us to do whatever it takes just to get what we want without thinking of others but has their conditions in exchange with what they would give us and when they already got what they wanted the life that they promised slowly fades away and leaves us with a more troubled life. The second stranger is like GOD who gave us another chance and showed us peace. The tree with a star atop is like JESUS, that when we look at Him, he teaches us peace. Just like what the stranger said, when people have fears in them, peace would reign in the sky and should also reign in their lives. Jesus wants us to follow our hearts and there’s nothing wrong with setting your heart and mind to achieve what we want but we should always remember that through the process of achieving that goal we should do it in a peaceful way and always think that the things we would do should not affect others in an immoral way. - end -