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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A Leaf

'I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree'

A single leaf makes its own history.
Attached to the bough from which it
sprung it is a perfect entity.

As part of the whole a resting-place for birds,
and a refuge for life-forms that we cannot see.
It welcomes the seasons, and greets each day
with an open face.

Throughout it's life it made no enemy, yet,
men come with chainsaws to fell the parent tree.
jerry hughes
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COMMENTS
Kim Barney 26 May 2015
Very well done, Jerry. Man sometimes is blind to his own destruction. You would probably like my (almost) newest poem: O NIDO (THE NEST) . It's in Portuguese but has the English translation with it.
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Simone Inez Harriman 17 April 2015
A truly lovely poem Jerry. So sad the blind destruction of what really matters in our world.
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Hans Vr 24 October 2014
The micro-world of leaves on trees, miraculously growing on hard wooden branches getting in an equally miraculous way their water and food from deep beneath. And then we look at another leave and another, the branch and the tree and suddenly we wake up to the cruelty of humans selfishly ending the miracle Excellent poem
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Miriam Maia Padua 06 September 2014
the connection of nature and man....your wonderful poem has it....we are but like trees....
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Roseann Shawiak 09 March 2014
Yes, man thinks he is better at making beautiful picturesque views and landscapes, when he is in fact the destroyer of all that is good, and beautiful through his misguided thoughts and greed. Man is ignorant to the nth degree! Just had a thought - so far haven't seen any poets on PH that are landscapers, have you? RoseAnn
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Mary Amrutha 21 November 2013
very good poem sir... nice to read
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John Brown 31 October 2013
I like trees too. Nice one Jerry.
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Sandra Feldman 31 August 2013
Yes, stupid man cuts down everything that is natural and free, He IS as Stupid as he can be! ! ! Lovely thoughts and poem, nice meeting you this way. S. Woof PS I think that I shall never see.... is one of my favorite poem, I can't think of the name now, excuse me.
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Sandra Feldman 31 August 2013
Yes, stupid man cuts down everything that is natural and free, He IS as Stupid as he can be! ! ! Lovely thoughts and poem, nice meeting you this way. S. Woof PS I think that I shall never see.... is one of my favorite poem, I can't think of the name now, excuse me.
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Heather Wilkins 29 July 2013
joyce Kilmer said it beautifully, so did you.
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