FOR THE MOST PART, the place no longer looks like that. Cogon is a tall grass variety, one that serves both as animal fodder and keeper of secrets. Things happen in stands of man-high Cogon Grass – things the law frowns upon and things parents disapprove of.

            If grasses could speak, what tales would they tell us. Before facebook, when men could kill countless men and keep it a secret – cogon grass was a shelter for vengeful heroes. They wait quietly, unseen amid wind-driven waves, lying on cool mattresses deep in the ocean of cogon grass. After a swift strike and a few dead aliens – they despair back into the grass while the pursuers despair.

            During the final phase of cogon grasses’ life cycle, it is both excellent roofing material and a fire starter par excellence – a strange combination but nonetheless, a fitting one.