A Leaf Poem by jerry hughes

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.

sara }i{ 01 August 2010

I loved it......It's amazing so meaningful and beautiful 10/10 :)

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Chris Jibero 12 October 2010

A nice poem.I like the line ' A single leaf makes its own history', for every man is distinct from others.

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Sally Plumb Plumb 07 February 2012

Bravo Jerry. A lovely piece..(Try The Dryad When you have a spare minute.Best regards Sally x

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C. P. Sharma 29 July 2009

Sir, We all say the same thing but the beauty lies in how you say it. You say it sweetly and silently that melts into our being. Everything in Nature, even the smallest leaf, is meant for others. It is the selfish and egoist man alone who doesn't learn lessons from it. On the other side, he is bent to reverse the creation to his own interest fogetting self annihilation. Your last two lines sum up everything and have a message for the good of mankind, Throughout it's life it made no enemy, yet, men come with chainsaws to fell the parent tree. But how many of us care for it! ! ! ! ! We are destroying our forests, our life source unscrupulously. Warm regards. CP

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Patrick A. Martin 08 October 2009

Hey Jerry I don't have to tell you how much I love nature. This is an amazing poem. We gotta find that guy who invented chainsaws I tell ya.

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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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