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Miserable Stump Am I

Miserable Stump Am I

What a fine morning it was....
With an axe I saw him come
One, two, three trees he passed
Before fixing gaze on me.

The menacing axe so bright....
By the way he removed it
From his shoulder, I could see
The thing was pretty heavy.

He spat on his grisly palms
Before the thing he swung
The blade fell Full Square	
As again and again he struck.

Blood oozed from dumb me
Swayed by the heavy blows
While he contorted ugly face
To propel more deadly blows.


A racy bird wishing to rest
Or on the branches to nest
Under the paralysing fright
Past, she zoomed in flight.

Squirrel out of the burrow
Left family in the hollow
Dragged in the severed trunk
Giddy in the wicked bunk!

When I creaked and slanted
Humanity was not enchanted.
When Dust rose as I fell
Raised was the death knell!

Then I saw some smoke rise
In Town one cold sunrise
Someone warming his desire
On a dead tree on a fire-

Possibly sitting on a table
Legislator in idle warble
On which he is a master
Environs Laws to filibuster!	


Never again did I see this man
Is he dead by oxygen starvation
Bereft by greens that he killed
And the trunk that bore them?

A moment of silence therefore
In honour of the fallen Tree
And a moment of breathlessness
To save oxygen thus depleted!!!

**Deforestation is a problem we must all curtail.


22nd Oct’ 2013

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  1. Date: 10/23/2013 1:54:00 PM
    I love nature (though I seldom reference or write about it). Great, positive message you are bestowing here. I hate the thought of concrete being poured and tress being cut down. Kudos! :)

  1. Date: 10/23/2013 1:16:00 AM
    Hi Joseph, A solid write with a deep message. Ken

  1. Date: 10/22/2013 1:18:00 PM
    - Save the forest ....... animals ..... and the people. - A skillful poem and messages, a poem for thought Joseph ! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)