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Cheerful Glow

Updated on November 11, 2011

Introduction to Poem

In 1986 I had just bought my first house in England. And my house had a beautiful chimney!

Coming from Mauritius I had never lit a fire before!

But, it was a cold winter day and I was frozen. I spent ages teaching myself how to start a fire.

When finally it was going, I was totally mesmerized and spent ages staring at it.

Watching the burning wood transported me into a world that was full of forests and beautiful trees.

Being a writer, I finally dragged myself away to get pen and paper and wrote about the experience.

A forest near my house

Forest near our house where there is a lot of logging.
Forest near our house where there is a lot of logging. | Source

Facts about the devastation of Forests

Wood has historically been used for heating fuel and buidling houses and ships. 25% of the world's trees are used for paper produciton.

We need houses for shelter and we all require paper to carry out our business on a daily basis. However, we must recognize the importance of forests and cannot take forests for granted.

Forests are important for several reasons including the following:

  • Preservation for future generations to enjoy. Family camping trip without trees would never be the same.
  • They are the habitat of many important species. Tropical forests compose only 7% of the earth's land surface, but are home to more than half of the species on earth!
  • Trees use carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and help prevent excessive global warming.
  • Additionally, forests nourish the land and prevent desertification.
  • We need to have forests since we rely on them as a source of timber.

If we cut down all our trees, we'll no longer be able to continue using them as the source of our building materials, heating fuel, and paper.

Nevertheless, deforestation is a very big and important environmental problem which is yet to be effectively addressed. We can all help by first being aware of deforestation and help by limiting our use of paper and recycling paper as much as we can. Before printing an email think twice.

Note : The facts in the above text have been compiled from various sources from the internet and rewritten in my own words.

Cheerful Glow

Cheerful orange glow

Radiating warmth

Too far

You are uncomfortable

Too close

you can't stand it

I spent ages starting up the fire

Now I sit silently under its spell

As the wood burn

Various shapes form and disappear

I focus on each piece

I see the lines

Where the axe went in

Oh! How these lines tell me about their past

Burning sound

The last sign of life

Their last gift to mankind

I sit in my comfortable lounge

I wonder

Did that living tree deserve

To end this way?

A bit more...

Reading the poem makes me really think about the deforestation issue we are facing.

Trees are beautiful and they provide us with so much. Shade, fruits, firewood, paper, coal and they prevent erosion and these are only a few of their gifts to us.

I have compiled some information that may be of interest about the impact of deforestation.

And please watch the video!

Watch this video about deforestation


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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love your words and your style! Isn't it amazing where our ideas come from? I love the way the sight of a roaring fire made you think of deforestation. Something so comforting came at a steep price for the environment. You are a person of great depth and sensitivity.

    • Chaya Parmessur profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaya Parmessur 

      7 years ago from FRANCE

      Hi Vinaya thanks for your continued support and comments.

      Hi kirutaye, thanks for highlighting the bit that means a lot to you and your kind comments.

      Sueswan, thanks for your endorsement that something has to be done now to stop deforestation. Thanks for voting up!

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      7 years ago

      Hi Chaya,

      "As the wood burn

      Various shapes form and disappear"

      Beautiful imagery.

      Watching these shapes can put one into a hypnotic like state.

      The devastion of the world's forest needs to be stopped before it is too late.

      Voted up up and away!

      Take Care

    • kirutaye profile image


      7 years ago from London, UK

      I like this poem a lot. Especially this section:

      'Burning sound

      The last sign of life

      Their last gift to mankind'

      Well written.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Your concern for the world is very appreciative. I loved your poem, picture and video. Thanks for the Facts about the devastation of Forests.

    • Chaya Parmessur profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaya Parmessur 

      7 years ago from FRANCE

      Hello again Epi ( I saw you referring to yourself as Epi somewhere, so I am taking the liberty to do so too! Merci, merci et merci encore for your praise and spending some time reading my hubs. I am very honored and please call again:=))

    • epigramman profile image


      7 years ago

      ...well hello Chaya - I am so very impressed by the quality and quantity of your hub subjects - truly do love your mind and how you write on such a world class level with a great little introduction explaining and setting up your poem .....and yes - hold on - have a surprise for you - lake erie time ontario canada 11:29am

    • Chaya Parmessur profile imageAUTHOR

      Chaya Parmessur 

      7 years ago from FRANCE

      Hi Frank, Thanks very much! I enjoy writing about totally different subjects and HP is a great place to experiment with various topics.

      H Jenubouka. Thank you for your comment and yes I do like to use different media. It always makes the topic or poem a bit more interesting to read.

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      7 years ago

      Great poem, photo's and video, so many channels to outfit one hub, I love it.

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      7 years ago from Shelton

      very different.. but so worth the read up and awesome


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