Poem: The Forest

The Forest

The loggers leave a path:

mud streaks, hewn branches, stumps,

scarred trees, boulders askew-

marks left as if a titan has been dragged

screaming through the forest.

The formerly peaceful walk

through the worshiping trees is now

a tormented vision as of a battlefield done,

the leavings of Grendel's feast

strewn about.

And next year they will be marked

again with circles of paint

like numbers tattooed on wrists

waiting for the train.

The conversation of the trees

is now stunted--

a stricken, amazed

silence echoes.

The caretakers count

their 30 pieces of silver.

The loggers count their

board-feet and drink another beer.

When I was a young reader, my three favorite books set in forests were: Green Mansions by William Henry Hudson; The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings and The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss. Perhaps it is time to dust off the library shelf and give one of these to a young reader. And now, as an adult, I just read The Secret Garden by Burnett which definitely belongs on this list although it takes place in a garden rather than a forest. 

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44 comments

Santiago 8 years ago

Amazing


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barranca 8 years ago Author

Glad you enjoyed it.


ashleigh 7 years ago

this is great. the personification and imagery is fantastic. i also love how you contrast the image of a peacful forest with grendle. its extraordinary poetry


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barranca 7 years ago Author

Thanks for the comment. Glad you liked it. We hear a lot about animal rights.....I wonder if someday we might consider tree rights.


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Lgali 7 years ago

nice peom


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Kulsum Mehmood 7 years ago from Nagpur, India

Very nice poem.


krithika 7 years ago

beautiful, amazing and much more. It is really very nice


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barranca 7 years ago Author

I truly appreciate the kind comments.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

i love the juxtaposition of the flowing imagery and the harsh reality in the end. great poem, as usual :D


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barranca 7 years ago Author

Thanks Chris. I do think this poem at least conveys its point....perhaps too bluntly.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

yes it does, and succintly so.

What is too blunt when the issue is of that magnitude? So I say no, it's not too blunt because bluntness does not apply :D


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barranca 7 years ago Author

You certainly don't mince words or imagery in your poem rape of the red, either. I like the irony of 7 turned to L.


nancy 7 years ago

nice !!!


kim 6 years ago

i really like the poem keep up the great work


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barranca 6 years ago Author

Kim, Thank you for the encouragement.


desirea  6 years ago

i love your poem i was a insperation


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alternate poet 6 years ago

I like this one, it is a shame that people who care about the environment only get to talk to ourselves - if you know what I mean :D But I also think every little helps and so thanks !


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barranca 6 years ago Author

Alternate poet: Thanks for dropping by. Semi-obscurity is the name of the game. It is encouraging, however, that this particular poem has been read far more times than I ever thought possible.


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donna bamford 6 years ago from Canada

Another fine poem. Now i wonder if I can find the one about crabapple trees.


ALEXA  6 years ago

NICEE PEOM!!! AWESOME KIDD


ANNABEL 6 years ago

AWESOME U DID THT PEOM


Cass. 6 years ago

Hi Barranca, I was hoping to use your poem as an example of poetry on the theme of nature in my school assignment, would this be okay with you? Also, I was hoping to get your full name to write as the poet, which is preferrable to Barranca, although if this is not possible I completely understand.

you have written a wonderful poem, congratulations on all your recognition.


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barranca 6 years ago Author

Thanks for stopping by. You are welcome to use the poem. My name is Thomas Deeds.


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barranca 6 years ago Author

I highly recommend the books by Robert Pogue Harrison that are in the Amazon capsule above. They are life changing books.


jaypee silhay 5 years ago

nice poem it so good.


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barranca 5 years ago Author

Thanks Jaypee. Glad you enjoyed it.


sakshi dubey 5 years ago

good poem!!!!!!!!!!!


rayna munir 5 years ago

this is a great poem for kids who gona use in there projects "_ love u


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barranca 5 years ago Author

Rayna, Thanks Rayna, I am happy that you think well enough of it to use it in a class.


AngelikaAzeved  5 years ago

Nice:DD


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Ralph Deeds 5 years ago

The Lorax likes your poem.


Sury Gee Gee 4 years ago

what is the poems date?

and the author is male or female?


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barranca 4 years ago Author

Sury, I am the author and my name is Thomas Deeds. (male). I wrote it about 3 years ago. Thanks for asking.


Bong Moise, student writer 4 years ago

Whoa, what an interesting down-to-earth poem full of imagery! The juxtaposition of your imagery flow;especially at the end of the poem is very enviable and enjoyable.I think i have to use this poem for my classroom lessons on poetry.

REGARDS


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barranca 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Bong. You are welcome to use it. I know a couple of other teachers who have found it useful.


puja 4 years ago

nice poem barranca..i really love this poem


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barranca 4 years ago Author

Puja, Thanks for your kind comment.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago

Tomas, that's a wonderful poem. Send it to The New Yorker.


harshit 4 years ago

a very nice poem.


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barranca 4 years ago Author

Thanks, Harshit, glad you enjoyed it.


johnathan de souza 4 years ago

nice


jellybean 4 years ago

it is good i liked it how you described the forest thanks i enjoyed it.


harry s 3 years ago

This is the best poem ever


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barranca 3 years ago Author

Thanks Harry for your approbation......

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