Friday, April 22, 2016

Plant A Tree


Walbran Valley
tjwatt.com

I hear the ghost of Sister Forest
singing
when the moon is full, 
singing 
when the moon is full,
on the denuded slopes.

"Our roots, our hearts are here,
though our bodies are all gone.
Our bodies are all gone,
our souls have nowhere
to belong.

"When you see what you have sown
on the mountains no one owns,
plant a tree, plant a tree,
in memory of me."


For Gillena's prompt at Real Toads: 100 words or less, for Mother Earth. For Earth Day. Day 22. 72 words, including the title.

22 comments:

  1. Oh, Sherry this is a beautiful lament... sad, heart ripping beauty full of truth song. ♥

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  2. Ah, beautiful. Really songful and soulful. k.

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  3. Beautiful Sherry, a sad lament that should haunt whoever hears it,

    Elizabeth

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  4. Such a sorry sight to see so many trees felled.

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  5. Antsy to plant a tree this spring. It's almost time here.

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  6. The deed of planting a tree... that's what should be rewarded... let it grow, let it grow.. let it fill the hills... come sow... come sow these barren hills of mine.. You had me humming along.

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  7. Perfect! Picture and words. Keep channeling their words. We all need you. I've planted three trees to make up for the one that I had to take down before it toppled on someone.

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  8. A beautiful lament this is and we should plant trees, make hope happen,

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  9. And what a song she sings - our sister forest. Yes we can dance to that song

    Thanks for a lovely response Sherry

    Much love...

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  10. This is beautifully expressed Sherry :D

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  11. Just lovely! It dances, yes - and is terrible yet hopeful.

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  12. What a lovely musical tribute...our souls have nowhere to belong...plant a tree in memory of me...Love it...

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  13. Love this, Sherry. Love the refrain here.

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  14. Forests are one of my favourite places, like family. I only wish I could compose the music for this beautiful and plaintive requiem. Still, I can plant a tree...smiles

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  15. That simple act repeated by us all will go far in healing our planet. Lovely!

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  16. What a sad song Sherry. Such destruction of the forests should never happen. Just to build more places to live, too expensive for most of us to live in. Wonderful write!

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  17. I'm sure Mother Earth is happy with this offering. Thanks, it was a beautiful poem.

    Greetings from London.

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  18. Plant lots of trees! But also leave the ancient ones standing! We will not see their like again. Lovely poem.

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  19. One of the most beautiful thing, I love about Toronto, is its urban forests, that covers so much of the city. Sadly, many of its Ash trees have been cut down due to an insect invasion. May all trees cut down, be replace, by those, native to that region, and not force monocultured trees, by those, who cut them.

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  20. I like the message in this, Sherry! We definitely do need more trees!

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  21. The repetition of "plant a tree" in your closing is so powerful, Sherry

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