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

Updated on July 21, 2018
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John is a long-time poet, short fiction, and article writer. He studied a Writing for Profit course through ICS but loves story-telling.

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My Friend the Oak

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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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      12 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for your kind comment, Lora. I have spent so much time living in the country surrounded by trees that it pains me to see big established trees bulldozed in sacrifice to development.

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      Lora Hollings 

      12 days ago

      A lovely and yet sad poem which depicts the plight of trees and in a more general context, of nature, as it struggles to survive the relentless attacks by mankind in his insatiable need for land and profits at such an expense to us and future generations. I really enjoyed the beautiful "Tree Song" too. A well thought out article that makes us realize just how awesome nature is and how long it takes to grow a tree to such a size only to cut it down in a matter of minutes!

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      John Hansen 

      12 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Rinita. I will have a read.

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      Rinita Sen 

      12 days ago

      https://www.speakingtree.in/allslides/the-boy-and-...

      Here it is. The last bit (about parents) was not there in the original story we read as children. They just added that bit here. The rest of it is the story I was refering to.

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      John Hansen 

      12 days ago from Queensland Australia

      It was a surprise to get an email saying I had a comment here, Rinita. though, in saying that this has been one of my most popular hubs on Google for a long time. I hadn't heard the tale of the boy and the apple tree but sounds similar, yes. Thank you for reading as always.

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      Rinita Sen 

      13 days ago

      I was on Ann's article, and this came up under "popular", so came to read this older but strikingly beautiful piece of yours. It reminds me somewhat of that story with the apple tree and a boy, where the tree gives everything to the boy, but he is never satisfied. With ever growing population and "development", I wonder how long even this solitary oak would exist.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Jodah -- you are very welcome. I too, feel the same about looking forward to reading your hubs as well. You are a very talented writer, my good friend.

      Have a peaceful night and keep in touch.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow, Kenneth, what a wonderful comment. Thank you for reading this and appreciating it My Friend. God bless you too, and I look forward to reading more of your wonderful writing too.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, John -- today is July 27, and I have just enjoyed reading the above hub and one adjective can easily-describe the text and how you wrote it and how you expressed your feelings and the graphics were and now for the One Word: AMAZING! Purely amazing and I cannot lie. I loved it.

      Thank you, John.

      May God bless you for writing such a poignant piece.

      Keep in touch.

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      John Hansen 

      7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Cheers Mark, much appreciated.

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      Mark Tulin 

      7 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Amen to protect the environment. Sweet poem. Thanks.

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      John Hansen 

      7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      No, Franj, not a new one but thanks for rereading it. I should have a new hub out today or tomorrow.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      7 months ago from Shelton

      I thought this was a new one..:( well still a pleasure to reread bless yo bro

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      John Hansen 

      7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank for finding and commenting on this hub, Chris. It is an oldie but one of my most popular, views wise. Every word you say is so true. There certainly is a psychology involved and it doesn't show a lot of positives for mankind in general.

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      Chris Mills 

      7 months ago from Flagstaff, AZ

      I missed this one when you published it, John. It is a fitting tribute to that oak. Too many would say that it is just a tree. But that tree and all the trees are so vital, not only to our survival but to our sanity. It is more than science, nature, and ecology. There is a psychology involved. When we can destroy without thought or guilt, we ourselves, in a way, have died.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Shyron, thanks for your lovely little verse and expressing your concern for the environment. Blessings.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      15 months ago from Texas

      John,

      I am a tree hugger

      Love the fresh green leaves

      They clean the air we breath

      Shaded from the blazing sun

      Letting through a cooling breeze

      Developers cannot understand

      As they clear-cut the amazing trees

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      John, I love your poems and I hate what is being done to our world for the benefit of the greedy who are not concerned with what they have done.

      Blessings my friend.

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      John Hansen 

      19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Mark, glad to hear you love oak trees and that this poem will encourage you to look at them a little differently.

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      Mark Tulin 

      19 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Love oak tees. Walk by a street lined with oak every day. Will think about them differently. Thanks

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      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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 

      2 years 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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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Ashley Cogdill 

      2 years ago from Indiana/Chicagoland

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

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

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

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years 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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      Brandon 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You're Welcome

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading and commenting Brandon, much appreciated.

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      Brandon 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

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

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years 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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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      Smilealot 

      3 years 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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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Harish Mamgain 

      3 years ago from New Delhi , 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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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Shyron, thank you for reading and the vote up. The hub you want is called "Thoughts of Friendships" https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poems-of-Friendship

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years 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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      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      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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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      DREAM ON 

      3 years 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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      Ann Carr 

      4 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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      IndependentMind 

      4 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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      K.A.E Grove 

      4 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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      Peg Cole 

      4 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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      Genna East 

      4 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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      Linda Crampton 

      4 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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      4 years ago from Beautiful South

      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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      CMHypno 

      4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

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

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      travmaj 

      4 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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      bluebird 

      4 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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      bluebird 

      4 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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 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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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 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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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      4 years ago from Beautiful South

      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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Devika Primić 

      4 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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      Faith Reaper 

      4 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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 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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      Dora Weithers 

      4 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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      Eric Dierker 

      4 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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      Peggy Woods 

      4 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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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 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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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Michelle Liew 

      4 years ago from Singapore

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

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Trisha Roberts 

      4 years ago from Rensselaer, New York

      This was beautifully written, I definitely enjoyed the poem!

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Kathleen Odenthal 

      4 years ago from Bridgewater

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

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Debra Allen 

      4 years ago from West By God

      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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