A Tree

      – more, than ye see –

Tulipifera Tree

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A Tree    

  – more, than ye see –

Were destined a tree
With limited motion,
Found as ye can see
For inevitable notion,
Man has set as decree  
With thin emotions,
He’d quickly decried
In veiled pretentions,
The cut down applies
To fit implementation,
Thus, more than ye see
In self-serving function,
As death sanctioned tree
Feign a minor intrusion,
Tho forever means suffer 
Yet devoid of redemption,
Save ye find man will offer
Bears a tree more, than ye see! 

		ode to world’s diminishing life rendering forests …

                                            © Jean-Jacques Fournier 
Imagery - Wikimedia Commons
Music - Excerpt from Toru Takemitsu: 
             And then I knew 'twas wind 
             for flute, viola and harp…
Audio - recital - by Jean-Jacques Fournier

				                  written in Sweetsburg
			                                 April 13, 2022

3 thoughts on “A Tree

  1. Than you Paulette, and so it is here, as well as having to have approval to cut down any tree over a given early mature size, as it should be. In my books none should be removed save ones that are growing in your doorway and the some. I exaggerate to make my point, but we must protect our as you say, oxygen giving friends , more than ever with the pollution with which we earthlings keep jamming our planet.

  2. I agree with you and Paulette, Jean-Jacques. Trees give us life. I read a brilliant book by Peter Wohlleben entitled, “The Hidden Life of Trees” which your would enjoy. This is a quote from the book that supports your poignant poem.

    “When you know that trees experience pain and have memories and that tree parents live together with their children, then you can no longer just chop them down and disrupt their lives with larger machines.”

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