Sunday, 1 July 2018

Days numbered



The tall trees whisper a welcome as I enter the forest. They know me well as I talk to them and listen to me as I carefully place my feet and watch her furry and feathered friends climb and fly around and make their homes in her arms. There are sighs of contentment that all is well there and the clear streams below run tinkling with laughter. 
Lately however the trees have sighed with pain as sad tidings are brought from afar on the wind. They tell of soot and chemicals on their leaves and of visitors that leave poison in the water. The trees shake with fear when the wind blows and know that man is a monster hell bent on destruction with chainsaws in their hands.

                                                   Will the Earth survive
                                             Now with the monster let loose
                                                 And our days numbered?





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23 comments:

  1. Been on the loose since we left Eden - with bigger and better ways to destroy but we recall Paradise long enough to caretake and cultivate too
    "The trees shake with fear " - I will remember that line!

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  2. I can feel the fear and trepidation that those trees feel .. with man being a monster in their doleful eyes. Sigh.. when will we learn to nurture and respect nature?

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  3. a poem from the heart - I loved it

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  4. I really feel this one. What humans are doing to the earth and each other is alarming. I am beginning to wonder if the earth will survive, if humanity will survive. Man is a monster indeed.

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  5. I just hope nature has a plan for this destructive species.. because we sure have no plan for her.

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  6. This is such a gorgeous haibun not for its content but its craft. It is sad indeed we as stewards destroying this earth. My favourite js a line from the haibun text
    " The trees shake with fear when the wind blows " wow! great image

    Thanks for dropping by my Sunday Standard today Robin.
    Much­čĺ×love

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  7. I feel and share the trees' fear and pain. Wonderfully written, Robin.

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  8. So true. My heart breaks for the trees. They are better than we are.

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  9. I too feel and hear the trees whispers of desperation. What is happening and how can we stop this chain of events?

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  10. I think in the end the forests will claim back what we've taken. We mostly kill ourselves.

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  11. Sadly we are monsters, no longer in tune with nature - I share her fears.
    Anna :o]

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  12. Sighs, indeed... I hear them and scream with them. We might survive. We, as a species, are a terribly resilient parasite. But we will never deserve it. Not if our behavior is taken into account.

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  13. It's wonderful you give the trees a voice..to articulate how man- the monster operates..with chemicals borne on winds and chainsaws. A true horror show. Sad.

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  14. The personification of trees in this haunting piece, is inspired. Wonderful - albeit, disquieting - writing!

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  15. I wonder the same thing? Can we be effective stewards when those around us are not?

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  16. The question raised at the end--Will the Earth survive?--has no answer yet, and if we don't come up with one soon, it may not matter...

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  17. I have the same dismal thoughts. I can’t believe what we’re doing to our Mother.

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  18. that man is a monster hell bent on
    destruction with chainsaws in their hands.

    To strike a balance between conservation and progress can be most painful.

    Hank

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  19. A powerful haibun, Robin, which pivots on contrast.The monster is human.

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  20. I worry about that too. There are monsters in charge.

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  21. It is a sad tale you tell. One would not believe, except it is true.

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  22. I believe the earth will survive, though much changed (which it is already). It is we who won't.

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  23. It certainly doesn't look good for nature or for us.

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