poet Gieve Patel

Gieve Patel

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On Killing A Tree

It takes much time to kill a tree,

Not a simple jab of the knife

Will do it. It has grown
Slowly consuming the earth,
Rising out of it, feeding
Upon its crust, absorbing
Years of sunlight, air, water,
And out of its leperous hide
Sprouting leaves.

So hack and chop
But this alone wont do it.
Not so much pain will do it.
The bleeding bark will heal
And from close to the ground
Will rise curled green twigs,
Miniature boughs
Which if unchecked will expand again
To former size.

No,
The root is to be pulled out -
Out of the anchoring earth;
It is to be roped, tied,
And pulled out - snapped out
Or pulled out entirely,
Out from the earth-cave,
And the strength of the tree exposed,
The source, white and wet,
The most sensitive, hidden
For years inside the earth.

Then the matter
Of scorching and choking
In sun and air,
Browning, hardening,
Twisting, withering,
And then it is done.


(From POEMS, published by Nissim Ezekiel, Bombay 1966)

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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  • AncyK.S. (9/17/2020 10:52:00 PM)

    Very nice

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  • Very nice (8/20/2020 1:09:00 AM)

    Much blown away, such wow, writer big mind

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  • Adi Nandan (8/6/2020 1:37:00 AM)

    it was depresing and sad so killing a tree is hard and takes time

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  • Adi Nandan (8/6/2020 1:36:00 AM)

    it was depresing and sad and every body can do that

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  • HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH (8/6/2020 1:29:00 AM)

    wow so cool was very inspiring

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  • Mrs killer joker (5/23/2020 9:42:00 AM)

    This satire is really good..

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (3/24/2020 5:29:00 AM)

    No,
    The root is to be pulled out -
    Out of the anchoring earth; ...../// wow great and wisely written

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  • saviour (7/13/2019 3:19:00 AM)

    people now have no mercy: (

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (3/24/2019 2:08:00 AM)

    On killing a tree- It is such a beautiful write - - - It reveals the strength of the tree as well as the brutality it takes to kill a tree- - Most poignantly expressed.

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  • Shalini (11/27/2018 10:25:00 AM)

    I just like this poem it shows the disapproval of mankind is failure to care for earth

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  • S.shalini (11/27/2018 10:25:00 AM)

    I just like this poem it shows the disapproval of mankind is failure to care for earth

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  • sankeerthan (11/15/2018 6:34:00 AM)

    this is in ninth book it is tell about the tree

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  • Narissa (10/29/2018 9:11:00 PM)

    it so long mawn bt i like it

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  • gopal (10/11/2018 10:25:00 AM)

    verry nice short ans

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  • Sarfarazalam (9/29/2018 9:10:00 PM)

    Short question

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  • ARBIN TAJ (9/8/2018 7:07:00 AM)

    THIS POEM IS VERY NICE ABOUT KILLING OF THE TREE

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  • Marwan (9/6/2018 12:29:00 AM)

    The poem was trash worst I have ever heard

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  • HBEAST (9/6/2018 12:25:00 AM)

    It is kind of good nice poem

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