My Friend the Oak (Saving Our Trees and the Environment)

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My Friend the Oak

by John Hansen © 2014


Majestic you stand

towering above all,

still, but proud.

A century has passed

since you were just an acorn,

dropped by a passing bird.

Nurtured by the sun and rain

you grew, slowly at first,

but determined and sure.

Years passed by,

lovers carved their initials in your trunk.

and made love beneath your leafy canopy.

Children climbed in your strong boughs,

and birds built nests upon your branches.

The world moved on around you,

as the population grew.

Large tracts of forest cleared,

and trees felled all around.

You remained there all alone,

stark but standing tall.

Birds and animals displaced,

forced to seek new homes.

Further afield they roamed,

away from the encroaching development.

But you are trapped,

a solitary oak.

"Tree Song"- beautiful (one of my favourite songs of all time)

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Smoke and chemicals from factories

pollute the air and water.

Cars rush by uncaring

along the road nearby.

Houses flank you on three sides,

you expire a gentle sigh.

Peaceful existence shattered,

but you do not complain.

Who would listen anyway,

even if words you could form?

What would you say?

"Stop this thing you call progress,

it has gone too far, too fast!

Stop destroying the environment,

nurture the land that provides for you.

I know growth is important to mankind,

but it must work with nature, not against it."

But you cannot speak

so your pleas go unheeded.

You need other voices to speak for you,

"So, on behalf of my friend 'The Oak',

please show a heart.

Protect the environment,

for future generations.

I beg you!"


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

This was a great poem, and then the thought piece you provided about a simple dinner made a big impact. Little acts have a reverberating effect, multiplied by millions of people over lifetimes. Great message.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Flourish, glad to see you getting in quick and being the first to read. I appreciate your kind comments and glad you found the message worthwhile.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Great tribute to this magnificent tree through a poem. I'm glad that you added the 10 Ways Man is Destroying the Environment article. I will tweet and share your hub. Well done


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wordswithlove 2 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

Lovely poem, John. It is true that mankind's demand on the resources is tremendous and needs to be tempered and the beautiful earth treated with kindness. It can only give back what it receives from us, and if we keep taking it all, it will have nothing to give us in return.

There are measures we can take to stop ravaging Mother Earth, or at least reduce it, although I doubt we can ever solve all the problems - such as overpopulation. We can choose to live simpler lives, though. It appalls me when I see waste and excess and how little restraint we exercise in this highly materialistic world.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for tweeting and sharing this hub Nadine. We have to keep trying to spread the message to treat the Earth and all it's resources more kindly and stop taking everything for granted.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello wordswithlove, thanks you for your kind and insightful comment. I agree with what you say, and you said it well. I wrote a hub on striving to be self sufficient, and others on climate change, organic gardening and Permaculture. I am an environmentalist and Permaculturalist and believe in trying to live a simpler life and put less strain on the Earth's resources.


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Aneegma 2 years ago

I'm pretty sure the oak trees in Lord of the Rings are thanking you and proud that a poem has finally been written about them! Another wonderful poem and well done to highlight the dangers to our environment. Voted up.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Thank you for this poetry about one of my favorite trees and for your information afterwards. Great reading for this morning with a message we all should read. Jamie


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Aneegma, those oak trees deserved a poem. I will keep drawing attention to the need to protect the environment. Thanks for reading and your support.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Jamie. It's always a pleasure to share my concern for the environment. Glad you enjoyed this.


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CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Beautiful poem about the Oak tree Jodah. We should nurture our wonderful old trees and ensure we protect enough woodland so that saplings have the chance to grow


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading CMHypno and your insightful comment. Yes we do need to protect our old growth forests, and although some logging is necessary it needs to be regulated so that more trees are planted than removed.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

This was far out John. You really said what you, and others, felt. I agreed with it all and it definitely gets a vote up. Plus I pinned it and shared it.

Kevin


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Bk42author 2 years ago from New York

Beautiful poem. It's so important for all of us to remember that we are one with the environment and by showing care and love to it we're showing care and love to ourselves and all other living things. Voted up!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

This was amazing, I love trees, there is just something about them, and the Oak stands tall with them, your poem said it all, and yes we should take care of our environment, I love your story, it proves the point very well, voted up and tweeted, nell


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Such a great thing to write about and you did it so well, Jodah. Your poem is so touching, so gentle and thoughtful. The pictures and videos are perfect for the hub. Well done for a good cause. Voted all the way and shared.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Loved the poem. I live in an oak forest and it is beautiful here. Those some have had to be taken down, not because of pollution or deforestation, but by ants....yes ants. They have eaten out the centers of the trees that we had to take down for some have fallen and had empty centers...all the way from the bottom to the tops of them.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Kevin, also the vote up pin and share. I feel this is a good message.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

You said that perfectly Bk42author. If we treat the environment with respect it will do the same for us. Thank you for the vote up and kind words.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

So glad you enjoyed reading this Nell, from one tree lover to another. Thanks for the vote up and tweet.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your kind comment as always Phyllis, also for the vote up and share. Glad you liked the accompanying pics and videos too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your interesting comment Lady Guinevere. It's a shame those trees had to be taken down, but it would be necessary to protect the rest of the forest. It would be beautiful to live in an oak forest.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

We also had to take down some pine trees as well. Before we moved here in 2001 there must have been a huge insect infestation here as some of the trees have been dead for a long time. I was told by someone a long time ago that I was put here to take care of the forest...my little acre but it touches the whole of the forest. When I took them down I also replanted other trees that would make this forest wake up. Did you know that trees and plants talk and have defense systems of their own. Yes indeedy that they do. Using so many pesticides causes their defense systems to fail and allowing disease and other intruder to take over. I planted nut trees to replace the ones that I had to take down. I also have some various trees that I bought from the Arbor Day Foundation. They are spindly and to survive in this forest they need to be a lot stronger. I planted them in pots for now and when they are ready to be planted I have nice places to put them...even living in this forest.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I applaud your care for the environment Lady Guinevere. Well done?


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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

Another fantastic piece Jodah! Really enjoyed this and I love the picture of the treewith the face!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your kind comment Kathleen. I couldn't resist that picture either.


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Trisha Roberts 2 years ago from Rensselaer, New York

This was beautifully written, I definitely enjoyed the poem!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much for reading Trisha, and your kind comment.


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midget38 2 years ago from Singapore

Yes, we really should pay tribute to nature. Thanks for sharing!!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

A wonderful combination of poetic beauty and social consciousness. Well done, John!


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

what an amazing poem and informative message.. I love the gun pointed in mother nature's face priceless! voted awesome


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Good piece that makes one think about our impact on the environment. BTW...not sure that facebook is the greatest source for photos which should be in the public domain and allowed for commercial use with a link back to the author of the photo. You might wish to rethink your use of them. Plenty of articles written can lead you to finding good sources for photos used in your hubs. Thought you might wish to know this.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Fantastic. I overpopulate. But otherwise I am good ;-)

John I think that at around 22 I finally questioned my speaking to trees. It just always seemed natural thing to do. I concluded by 23 that trees were people too.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Very relevant message on protecting the environment. Your poem is beautiful and powerful. I did an article called, Parable of the Oak Tree in Winter. I made my oak speak, so it made me smile when you mentioned that the oak does not speak. So many different angles from which to look at things that matter.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

The oak is beautiful just for his strength and may be the last tree standing. Important info and beautiful poem.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

My pleasure Midget, glad you agree with these sentiments. Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Bill. I know you are of the same mindset. We just need to keep reminding people. As always, I appreciate your comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading and for such a generous comment Frank. I loved that pic myself...been waiting to use it somewhere appropriate.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Peggy, also for the advice about the pics from Facebook. You are right it isn't the best place to source photos correctly attributed. I only use ones I have had for ages and were really amazing. Unfortunately couldn't find the original source. I'll be more careful in future.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Eric. I guess I helped overpopulation along too, with four kids and a host of grandchildren....not to mention the trees I have nurtured.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your kind comment MsDora. Yes there are so many different angles to discuss important topics. I can't wait to go check your "Parable of an Oak Tree"


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Jackie, thanks for reading another of my hubs. Here's to the mighty oak!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

I love trees, especially the mighty oak! Your poem is awesome as well as your important points made here as to our environment. Love your choice of imagery and that video is certainly interesting. Great hub once again.

Up and more and away

Blessings always


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Faith, glad to see you love the mighty oak and enjoyed this hub. Yes, the video is certainly different, but interesting. Thanks for the vote up. Blessings back.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

You have brought to light of such an important issue through your golden words. I like the photo.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks so much Devika, "golden words"... I like that... :)


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

This is a lovely poem, and I certainly appreciate the mighty oak. You touched on some very important concerns in our world that need to be addressed also. I really liked the advice from the tree. Voted up and awesome, plus shared.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Pamela. I appreciate you reading and your kind comment and share.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Pamela. I appreciate you reading and your kind comment and share.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

John, you make me want to go hug a tree and kiss a deva! In all seriousness, this hub really touched me. I love trees so much, and it hurts me to see a forest cleared to build apartments – or WalMart and a parking lot. The poem was beautiful and so are your photos. I am not familiar with the song or artist, but I listened to the Tree Song all the way through, and it brought tears to my eyes. I’m sending Mr. B the link so he can share it on his Native American website. It isn’t flute music, but it is highly spiritual.

We have got to stop this senseless slaughter of trees!

I rarely vote a hub awesome, but this one made it. Voted up and shared, too.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

That first picture is amazing. Your poetry is spot-on. We all can do more to save the environment. Thank you for the reminder..Tweeted, loved it..


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

I am so on your side here, Jodah. Yours and Mother Nature's. People who say we're not destroying our Earth and that Global Warming is a natural occurrence are full of poo poo. Yeah, Global Warming happens naturally, but what we put into the atmosphere has exasperated it. We are in danger and the world needs to know that.

More power to you my friend. You're a man after my own heart. BTW, I pee in the shower every morning. Gross? Hell no! The shower water washes me off. Speaking of showers: I also use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. That helps keep the active enzymes in my septic tank alive to break down the crap that goes down the drain.

There's so much we can do to help restore the health of the Earth and all its inhabitants. Why won't people listen?

Thanx for speaking out. I'd like to invite you to be a guest poster on my blog. As you know, I blog about environmental issues and green living. I've not had the time lately to post a new article. I'd love to have you fill in the blanks for me! Let me know if you're interested.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

MizBejabbers, that is probably the nicest and most touching comment I have ever got. Thank you for the 'awesome' vote and for being a true tree lover. It makes me sad that our new government here in Australia cares nothing for the environment and are opening the Protected Tasmanian forests up,to logging. I had never heard the tree song before either, but it is beautiful. I appreciate you sharing it with Mr B. Thanks.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and loving this poem Ruby. I can't help remind people, just hope they don't get sick of the message.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Shauna, thanks for that wonderful comment. I don't know what more we can do to convince people that climate change is real and man is contributing to global warming. They are threatened by any perceived change in their comfy lifestyle and don't want to worry about the future. Our current Government are climate change sceptics and have gotten rid of any committees and organisations the previous one set up to deal with it. I don't pee in the shower so much, but usually outside near the citrus trees as the love the nitrogen...lol. But yes we use safe and biodegradable shampoos, dish washing liquid etc too. It's a real compliment that you want me to be a guest writer on your blog. I don't have another article in the pipeline, but I have quite a busy time coming up. However I will see what I can do...would be honoured to try. Have you a particular topic you'd like covered?


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bluebird 2 years ago

I loved this! The fact that you used the old oak tree to speak out for itself, amazing! Yes, there is a whole lot to be concerned about in this world with the environment, isn't the #1 worry today human survival itself?

It's good that you brought this out in the open here on Hubpages, it deserves Hub (and Hug) of the Day!

Let's all do more to love and care for Mother Earth!!!


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bluebird 2 years ago

I forgot to mention how those pictures were excellent and really helped make this hub as well. Thanks for sharing! And caring...


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for returning to add that comment bluebird, much appreciated.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Oh Bluebird, sorry, for some reason I read your second comment first before seeing this. Thank you for your caring and insightful comment. It makes me sad to think of how much of our population just don't seem to care. There is nothing more important than preserving life on our planet...all life, not just human, and the only way to do that is to care for and protect the planet.


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

A great tribute to trees and the environment - using the Oak to speak out was most meaningful. Beautiful tree - I have one in my yard here, ten years old and so impressive. I can't add much more to the wonderful comments here except agree, agree, agree! Great hub. Voting up. Cheers...


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you travmaj, I am blown away by the comments to this hub, so all I can reply is "thank you, thank you, thank you" :)


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CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Wow Jodah, so many great comments, no wonder you are so happy


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Exactly CMHypno. I am sometimes surprised which hubs get the best response. Don't get me wrong, I was proud of this one but the poem only took me about thirty minutes to write while I was waiting in the car for my wife. It does have an important message though. Thanks for reading.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Jodah, I like to give my guest writers freedom to pick their own topics. Shoot me an email when you have the time. No rush. I understand being busy.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

ok Shauna, all good. I'll do it. Send you an email soon.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

John, do you mind if I horn in here again. The version of the Tree Song by Evie Karlsson is just beautiful but I discovered that it is a truncated version, only 2:38 seconds long. When I went to pick up the link, there was another version over 6 minutes long that included the tree surrounded by the streets and again at a meeting site where the tree was speaking. It was so in line with your hub and your photos. I am including the link in case you want to listen.The poster didn't say who this singer is, but I will tell you that both versions make me want to cry. If the link doesn't work, you can google Tree Song and both versions should be there on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLgeZiVe3dM


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks MizBejabbers, I had a listen to that longer version, seems to have one extra verse and is sung slightly slower. It's good too. It seems there are a few versions. Or originally knew Evie as Evie Tornquist a famous Christian singer, not Evie Karlsson, so didn't recognise the name on the song at first until I heard her beautiful voice.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for sharing such an important message so creatively, Jodah. Our destruction of the environment is horrible and very troubling. Your hub is a great reminder of the problems that nature faces.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Alicia. I look for different ways to get this message across so it doesn't seem like a boring lecture. I hope I succeeded. Thanks for your comment.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

What amazing photos, John. I cheered when I read this beautiful and perceptive poem as I have been a “tree hugger” for years regarding protection the environment. I fear that we, as a society, won’t do anything until it is too late. Loved this; voted way up and shared.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Your imagery and prose combined make a huge statement about the environment. I liked the way you presented the facts and let the reader draw their own conclusions. The simple story of the grocery store trip tells it all.

I once lived beside a chicken farm and the methane odor from the place was horrific. So were the renegade chickens who managed to escape then found a new life on the outside of the coop.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you as always Genna for reading my hubs. Yes, it is my constant concern that enough people don't care enough to act to save our environment before it's too late. I know our current Australian Government doesn't care enough. They are trying to have 5000 hectares of protected forest taken of the natural heritage listing and opened up for logging. Thanks for the vote up and share too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your generous words a Peg. Having lived next to a chicken farm you have some first hand knowledge of the methane problem. It is much worse for the atmosphere than co2, but can be turned into electricity if people really cared enough to combat the issue. People just need to consider the consequences of their everyday actions and choose better alternatives. Glad you liked the images too.


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nighthag 2 years ago from Australia

a wonderful thoughtful poem filled with a strong message that so many need to not only hear but take to heart . only together can we make a difference

voted up and shared!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you nighthag, everyone needs to heed your wise words. I appreciate the vote up and share.


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IndependentMind 2 years ago

Beautiful poem and a great political statement. Mankind manages to destroy natures' beautiful creations more and more every day. I will never say they do this for 'progress' as it is done solely out of greed and indifference.

I am glad i ran across your hub pages. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Independent Mind. It's always good to see a new name in the comments. Glad you enjoy this and hope to see you on more of my hubs. I will be sure to check yours in turn.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

A necessary message, John. I love oak trees best of all and I hate to see any tree being cut down or destroyed. It breaks my heart. We do need to think of the consequences of our action. Some think 'It's only one tree.' Yes, but all the 'only one's make up a forest, hundreds of forests, then before we know it the trees are gone.

I hope we wake up before it's too late and that nature wins over materialism.

Great poem! Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

That same sentiment keeps me awake at night Ann. Will man ever learn by his mistakes before it is too late. I hope so. Governments seem blinded by the economy and progress, and not greatly concerned with what is right for the planet. Thanks for your insightful comment.


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DREAM ON 22 months ago

You opened my eyes to the environment and protection of nature. I want to believe that the government would do everything to protect the natural resources for everyone but it is not always the case. I love Oak trees they grow with just one acorn. Last year I piled all the acorns in my yard and left them all by itself some replanted and I have little Oak trees growing. Now I have to find a spot for them in my yard. They keep the air clean and their roots hold lots of water when it rains. Thank you for your poem and pictures.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Dream On, the environment is very important to me and I do everything I can to protect it and try to promote its care. Great stuff collecting those acorns. I hope you find plenty of places to replant the little oak trees. They take awhile to grow but it will be well worth it. thanks for reading and your great comment.


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Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago

As long as the oaks live this will be evergreen.

John, I look for Friends are a Blessing and could not find it. Please send a link.

Voted this up, UABI and shared.


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pstraubie48 22 months ago from sunny Florida

Yes yes and yes. Our trees and all of our natural resources are life giving. It is our job and duty to see to it that they are preserved.

Your poem spoke so eloquently of the treasured oak.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Shyron, thank you for reading and the vote up. The hub you want is called "Thoughts of Friendships" http://hubpages.com/relationships/Poems-of-Friends


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I agree with everything you say ps. Thank you for your kind words and the Angels.


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Harishprasad 22 months ago from India

So beautiful words but tinged with a poignant note ! How mercilessly we are destroying plantation in the name of progress ! I love this poem and your friend Oak is also my friend, though standing so far away. Say hello to him on my behalf.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your generous comment Harishprasad. I said hello to Mr Oak this morning from you.


Smilealot 22 months ago

I love to read tree poems, and I enjoyed this, and of course I did so without missing the importance of the message...that all trees are our friends....important friends that we can't do without!...well written:-))


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Smilealot, I too have quite a few tree poems in fact...though in fact most are hidden within other hubs. You are right we should treat them as friends and protect them. I appreciate you reading this one.


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ChitrangadaSharan 17 months ago from New Delhi, India

Excellent poem with such an important message! Your top picture is so beautiful and inviting.

Thanks for spreading awareness through this wonderful hub. Voted up and pinned on my Environment board!


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Jodah 17 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Chitrangada, protecting the environment is the most important thing we can do as humans. Thank you for your kind words and for pinning this in your Environment board.


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Brandon Bledsoe 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

wow I like this poem you wrote with such pose its great keep it up


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading and commenting Brandon, much appreciated.


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Brandon Bledsoe 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

You're Welcome


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida

Back to reread this, Jodah. It has been my belief that I may have been a tree in another life...I love them so!!!

When I lived in another state, there was an antique Oak growing in the center of a four lanes of traffic that intersected just at the location of the tree. It was a landmark...a tree most loved. But some city planners decided the tree must go..there were pickets and outcries but the precious tree lost. It was a tragedy of epic proportions.

Keep your voice loud and strong Jodah....lest more trees lost he battle.

Once again, Angels are on the way to you ps shared


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this again ps. Yes it is sad that many beautiful ancient trees have to make way for highways and housing developments etc. if there are enough voices protesting to save them sometimes those protests are heart, but too often not. Keep waving that "Save Our Trees" sign.


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Vellur 12 months ago from Dubai

A beautiful poem. We must stop cutting down trees and save the environment for our future generations.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your kind comment Vellur. Yes we do have to do all we can to save the environment.


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Alexis Cogwell 9 months ago from Indiana/Chicagoland

I can see why it's so popular. :) I love poetry, enjoyed reading yours.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Alexis, your generous comment is very much appreciated. I love poetry too :)


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kenneth avery 6 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Hi, Jodah,

I truly enjoyed this hub. I mean I got lost in the imagery from the start. I can now tell you that, "you, my friend, are far better at producing poetry than I."

Thanks for inviting me to read this when I met you on this very night on my hub comment box on " . . . An Acorn's Tale."

You keep up the fantastic work.

Friends 'Til The End.

Kenneth


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Jodah 6 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you, Kenneth. It is always wonderland to have you read one of my hubs. I appreciate the kind compliment as well. I thought it appropriate to invite you to read this in the wake of the wonderful hub of yours "an Acorn's Tale." Yes, friends forever. Take care.


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kenneth avery 6 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Jodah,

Reading your hub was ALL my pleasure. And I thank you for reading my "Acorn" piece.

The BEST part of our comments is your "Yes, friends forever," that you said. I agree 110%.

Peace.

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    John Hansen (Jodah)699 Followers
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    John has a certificate and Permaculture design from the Eco School and is an avid organic gardner, recycler, and supports renewable energy.



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