by Dee Allen, USA
Clear-cut Land improvement To selfish minds— “Development” Clear-cut Introduction of the strange To the woodland expanse— Profits in the short range Enter the long trucks Enter the cranes Loggers activate saws Roaring throughout the terrain Ancient wood meets spinning steel Guided by human hands Stumps & brambles shall remain Of the green cathedral that stands Clear-cut Concentration Upon long range Devastation Clear-cut Disrespect To the wild that made us— Behold the greenhouse effect Sing a soft requiem To the disappearing forest Its replacement: A credit to “progress” Downfall Of wood & leaf Grounded timber In favour of concrete The land is fallow And then what? Whether trees return Isn’t so clear-cut Give or take another Hundreds of years Steady warming of the earth Confirms our darkest fears Clear-cut Concentration Upon long range Devastation Clear-cut Ambuscades Until we take to the wilderness And block the sawblades.
W: 5.17.09 [ For Steve Jacobson. ] [ Originally published in Tree Life ‘Zine #2 – Fall 2009. ]