Perhaps A Man Can Grow Up Ignoring ...

The tree is part of the earth,
But perhaps a man can grow up ignoring
The wealth of everything around him,
And quite suddenly realizes
The earth is covered with darkness

A slab of concrete for a new building
No more fruit grows in that shadow,
The oxygen is blocked and the seeds cannot sprout
Then it is not just one tree, but hundreds
covered by slabs of concrete.

There is only darkness
Where seeds waited to live
not a trace of light or moisture reaches
The gift of the sun is denied
The seeds die and the trees won't grow.
And deep in darkness the spirit
Unwinds in its own contortions.

Suddenly a tremor shakes the earth
While a drill makes a deep wound
To pull out the earth’s blood for profit
And the earth begins its slow release

Gases cover the outer sphere
Trapped, the heat cannot escape
And the earth begins its slow burn
Spewing wind and rain and snow and
More heat build up

Perhaps the man should not have ignored
The trees and the oceans from whence he was born

Poetry by Ashe
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Written on 2017-10-04 at 21:37

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josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Well written Ashe. I echo One Trick Pony's comments!

one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
In 1823 James Fenimore Cooper published "The Pioneers." In it he says very much what you say as he witnessed the clear-cutting of the Eastern forests in North America. Nothing has changed, nothing will change. Conservation, common sense, has always been deemed a hindrance to progress.

Odd that "progress" means one thing to Republicans, and something entirely different to Democrats.

Perhaps this is a little harsh, but it seems to be the reality I see.