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The Underwater Tree

Updated on November 2, 2011

There was an underwater tree with spindly thin arms

An underwater tree that breathed like most trees could only dream of

a special sort of specimen that sat beneath the waves:

who wouldn't be fascinated? Who wouldn't be surprised?

Who wouldn't want to store this treasure in their home?

“Step right up every body” said a sales man in a suit and slacks

“Get your own underwater tree, beautiful rare and black.

No no just you wait, they come in many colors and shapes”

And he showed a few to a fascinated group, which OOO-ed and AAAH-ed

and threw their money into the air with joy.

The underwater trees which always bloomed in tribes grew fewer

As people continued to take and never give back in return;

They killed the fish who tended to the trees' fields

and spread their filth into the seas, until the plants fell sick and scarce.

If you wonder how this could be and how so many can

kill so freely, and not respect this wonderful tree, on whose branches froth a world of life,

if you cannot understand, I do not blame you, as no one can

morally say such an act is within our human right.

Nowadays the trees still stand, grouped together on sandy ground

whether in deep or shallow seas, trying to live out their tree-lives

haunted by unrest and danger, a chemical foe disguised as a friend

a culprit for bringing an entire universe to a universal end.

2011 Moira G. Gallaga©


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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comments anglnwu and Derdriu, I'm glad you liked the poem and pardon for my late response to your comments.

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Moiragallaga: What a cogent, compelling allegory whose innovative rhythm, insistent applicability and intense philosophy haunt me still after a number of readings!

      Thank you, voted up, etc.,


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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Didn't know about underwater tree til now. Thanks for sharing awareness of taking care of nature.