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A single tree
What is a single tree worth?A tiny part of the Amazon?What is a human life worth?One speck of dust on an ’orizon?
Tree or human, cut them down.You can. Then you can see the diff’rence.We will give them both a crownAnd change the world by their dis’pearance.
Yes, infinitesimallyFor the trees in masses do us good,Yes, but what about singly?Why, hell, are you saying they’re just wood?
Mankind, and for sure I’m one,In huge abstract numbers do us harm,And only when he has goneWill nature re-cover land and farm.
Any other life could seeMan’s growth as a covid viral soreSpreading inexorablyUntil all the green land is no more.
And what of the plastic sea?Grey heron swallowing his white bag.Something else that most won’t seeUntil forced themselves to choke and gag.
© RM MeyerWinswell Water, December 2020 and January 2021