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The Forest Lies Down - poem

Updated on May 25, 2016

Conservation of trees and forests

I got the urge to write this when I was thinking about science - or ecologists - talking about progress. They were cutting down forests and using the logs for 'whatever they use them for' and how they will hurt us and nature in doing so. They must think of something else to use instead of trees and logs because they will eventually cut down all of the forests.

Besides us running out of logs, many animals will be losing their homes. Other things are trees from the trees canopies and from these canopies also come shade. The leaves detoxify the air and help provide oxygen which cuts down on the smog, that is why we are planting trees along roadsides both in the country and in the city. They are also used to make paper, which may be one of the main reasons for their taking them down.


Before, during and after

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Before the "earthquake".Portable sawmill...(noisy in forest)Cable logging in France
Before the "earthquake".
Before the "earthquake". | Source
Portable sawmill...(noisy in forest)
Portable sawmill...(noisy in forest) | Source
Cable logging in France
Cable logging in France | Source

The Forest Lies Down

Testing 1, 2, 3, listen close to me

Are there birds in these trees?

This is a warning to all who live in this forest

They are coming to take the trees.

If you have a home in this forest, it is time to move,

You must find a home, in another place.

Before the earthquake comes and

Your home is destroyed.

Save the trees

Do you want to save the environment?

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Here is a second poem I wrote about trees but the only difference, you could say, is that it was a challenge.

Summary: Poem challenge by Sunny Rivers

This poem was written for a challenge from Sunny Rivers.

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Asleep in a Tree

It sits up high on a tree branch,

The beak is buried in the feathers.

The feet are tightly locked upon the branch,

Its head is hunched, its shoulders are high.

First you see that both eyes are shut,

Then you see one closed eye & one open eye.

If that is asleep it cannot be,

It cannot sleep while it can see.

What is it tell me whoo?

It is an owl that is whoo!


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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you Akriti. I wrote it for you and waited for you to join to publish it. lol

      Have a nice day. :-)

      Kevin

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      Akriti Mattu 2 years ago from Shimla, India

      Lovely poem

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Hello again Peachy. I took the carpentry course, beginners through advanced, and then the advanced course over and over again until I graduated. I was going to pursue it as a career but something stopped me. Now I know why.

      Thank you for stopping by and reading my poem.

      Kevin

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      we should write a petition to stop carpentry manufacture to stop cutting down the trees, this poem remind me of that

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I believe that it is too Lisa which is why I wrote it, so that those people who read it began to care if they did not already. I thank you for reading it and for your vote up! :-)

      Have a nice day.

      Kevin

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      Lisa Williams 2 years ago

      This is such an important subject, and it is so well written. This was awesome, I voted up!

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I am glad that you agree with this Harish. I got the urge to write this one day/(night) when I realized that those who do not notice this are destroying life and earth. Our future, their own future. Thank you for the vote and share.

      Have a nice day. :)

      Kevin

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Kevin, I love the empathy for co-beings, exhibited so passionately by you in this beautiful poem. The last two lines are very poignant and heart-rending. A great message to the whole humanity ! Voted up and shared.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Probably because they do not care.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      There are so many organizations that are planting trees. Somehow all the good news is being suppresses and I wonder why that is.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      That was a very caring response which you wrote Jan. Besides the various animals, humans are also losing their homes to offices, libraries, and other buildings plus economy.

      Thank you for reading this and for your votes. I hope that you have a nice week :-)

      Kevin

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Poignant piece, Kevin, about how we are taking down the beautiful homes of the birds and squirrels to build our own. There are parts of DC that you can't recognize anymore because the trees are gone. But I am guilty of using a lot of paper, too. Just today, at a meeting at church, some of the women commented on the amount of paper and trees we used for the meeting. (Sigh) It's tough but we can't take away the homes of the animals. Deer roam in my neighborhood now. I can't get mad at them. Voted up and interesting.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you rdsparrowriter. I wrote it because we are losing our trees, and the animals that use them.

      Kevin

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      rdsparrowriter 2 years ago

      Interesting poem with great meaning :)

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you for caring Eiddwen. :-)

      I appreciate the shares and votes.

      I do not know how many Hubs I wrote while you were not here, a lot of changes have been going on. For instance, Squidoo is closed and HP has bought them out, so they have all joined us here now. I may have also slacked off on the poetry.

      Kevin

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful poem Kevin and thank goodness there are still many of us caring people left in the world.

      I am sharing and voting up here.

      Take care and how wonderful to be back reading your work once again. Keep going with the poetry as you are very talented.

      Eddy.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Gee, I thought that you did too Shyron.

      Thank you for your vote and sharing.

      Kevin

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Hi Kevin, the is just beautiful, I know that I read this before and thought I left a comment.

      But I am leaving one now. Voted up, UABI and shared.

      Shyron

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you Suzanne, you are the first one to call it cute. :-) Thank you very much for your votes.

      Kevin

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      A cute poem & voted beautiful!

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you Phyllis. The poem came to me first and then I wrote the theme to go with it, plus I added the video and photos. When I was finished, I realized what I had done. The mind works in mysterious ways! Thank you again for your compliment.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I greatly appreciate that Audrey. Thank you very much

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Very well done, Kevin. Thank you for writing this. I sent out my message in a hub to save Mother Earth. I hope more and more people send out these messages.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      It is a sad thing when we destroy the nature around us--you highlight so well in this poignant piece--

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I have been recycling for some time Deb. I use, when possible, non-chemical items to protect myself and the environment. I have been observing and studying animals and nature for some time - now I know why. It seems that I have been on the bandwagon for a while and did not know it.

      Thank you for reading this. :-)

      Kevin

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This is a fact of life. Alternative materials are used for everything, and we just cannot continue taking lumber. Many people recycle, and that is a great thing. We can do so much more to protect or environment and the animals that live there. In so doing, we will protect ourselves. Thanks for jumping on the bandwagon.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you very much Frank. It is great that you loved it.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Thank you for saying that it is a wonderful poem Faith. I know what you mean about the abandoned buildings. I used to see them all of the time also when I worked. At least now and then you would see a tree or two planted in front. They probably have plans for more buildings/offices to replace those and have not thought of the trees/gardens. If they would even plant trees in between even every two buildings it would help.

      I hope that your three day weekend was good too.

      Kevin

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago

      Examiner this was so freakin creative Loved it!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wonderful poem here, dear Kevin. It just breaks my heart seeing all of the abandoned buildings in much of the city in which I work, when there could be lovely trees in their place! In some parts of the city, there are blocks and blocks of just concrete and buildings that are not being used. I think they should be torn down and trees planted if the owners cannot sell the property, then they should demolish the buildings and allow the community to come in to plant trees or gardens. Anything would be better than just a bunch of buildings.

      I hope your Labor Day weekend was wonderful.

      Blessings always

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I agree with that Carol. Maybe evil is winning, maybe not, we may just not notice good as much because there are not news stories and such as with robberies and murders, etc. Evil is not afraid to brag about their 'mistakes', good is too humble to go around and brag about what they have done. One person is a whisper, together we can be a megaphone.

      I am happy that you enjoyed that Hub. :-)

      Kevin

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      Carol Ann Sherwood 2 years ago from Jackson, Mi.

      I enjoyed your hub. Sometimes I wonder if there is more evil in this world than caring people. Seems the majority is evil and winning out. All of us good folk need to rally and stick together.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I agree about the trees Mel, if it were not for them then we would be out of many things - and I do not mean what they use them for. Plus many animals would be out of homes because only some are adaptable. We certainly do, we need to avoid from losing the environment.

      Thank you for your compliment.

      Have a happy Labor Day afternoon.

      Kevin

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      Trees are wonderful. They are imminently preferable to concrete. We need to be responsible stewards of the environment. Great hub!

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Oops. Well at least I wished you something on a holiday! Thank you for relating this to me Ann.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Yes we do Jim, and we need to add to it to try to get back at least some of what we had. Perhaps it will keep expanding on its own.

      Thank you for stopping by. I hope that your Labor Day is a happy one.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I am glad that you liked the poem. Thank you for your compliment and shares, we need to spread this.

      Have a nice Labor Day.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      Luckily I do not drive along the interstate but I know what you mean Jackie. I hear, and occasionally see, neighbors cutting down trees in their yards a lot. I do not know what their reasons are. They guy behind me is burning leaves - and other things - all of the time. Nature can be put to better use if people would listen. Thank you for your votes.

      I hope that your Labor Day goes well.

      Kevin

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Our labour day isn't until 1st May but have just had our August bank holiday weekend so it all evens up I suppose! Thanks for the good wishes, Kevin.

      Ann

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      We need to at least save what we have left.

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      Such a good poem. Sharing with friends and family.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I just noticed dozens of trees being cut along interstate and I cannot think of one reason why they would do that. They are not building homes there or putting a business and I just wanted to scream. I hope someone will listen. Great cause. ^+

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I have squirrels too Ruby. I watch them run up and down the trees and back and forth along the branches. There is one tree that is so close to the house they climb up, out a certain branch, and jump onto the roof. I have neighbors cats that would get the birds eggs, they are always climbing up and down the trees.

      Did you know that you can leave the leaves on the ground and they will disappear? They dissolve because they are natural 'manure' for the earth. You can also check on how to erect a bin to throw them in for this same reason, it just keeps them in one spot.

      I am glad that you were interested. Thank you for reading.

      I hope that you have a Happy Labor Day tomorrow.

      Kevin

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I know John, but if one person starts then perhaps there will be someone else, then someone else, and on and on... I read your Hub and I love birds, animals and nature. I have read about the things happening to our environment and going green to save it. I use as many natural and organic items as possible for myself and the environment.

      I thank you very much for stopping by and I hope that your Labor Day is a happy one.

      Kevin

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree with annart. I love my trees. I have squirrels who live in my trees and they are like pets. I love to feed them. I get a kick out of watching them trying to get the bird's eggs out of their nests. The birds team up and peck then on their head's. The only thing I dislike about trees, raking leaves. Ha..Trees are an important part of our ecosystem as you mentioned. Interesting read. Thank you..

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      I agree with you Ann. We must speak louder, or say the right words to make them hear. I do not feel that it is too late yet. At least we are teaching them younger about replanting and recycling.

      We cannot write on paper because that is using up trees, we must use computers or similar sources to write on.

      If we could use animals to send messages in some way, or blimps across the sky, then perhaps people would begin to pay more attention.

      Thank you for reading Ann. You have a Happy Labor Day.

      Kevin

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      We can't write about this enough Kevin. Anyone who cares about the environment needs to take a stand. I got the message out there in my hub "My Friend the Oak", this continues the campaign. We need to protect our precious friends the birds and animals who rely on trees for their habitat. Well done.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      A powerful message here. I know people are listening but are there enough listening? Is it too late? I hope not. At least many are starting to replant but none of these things happens fast enough. I'm afraid we aren't acting quickly enough to make sure disaster is avoided.

      Pessimistic, yes, but realistic? I hope not.

      We must continue to write and shout and try to make ourselves heard.

      If everyone did that, there would be hope.