The Axe

The mighty axe swings,
muscles across the back
ripple as the axe finds its mark.
A rhythm develops, swing-chop,
swing-chop, soon the ancient tree
falls shaking the earth and
shouting its dying cry.

The man lovingly cuts wood
for his family to be safe and
give thanks for the fallen tree.
In its place, he plants two
saplings he’s raised
to give back to the forest
more than he took,
a wise lesson for us all.
He whispers his gratitude
for all nature that gives
to him, both working
in perfect harmony.

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13 Responses to The Axe

  1. trisha says:

    the first portion caused pain, the second portion did not healed it but atleast applied balm.

    if man should chop down tree he atleast should try to compensate.

    very wise words. thanks.



    • Pat Cegan says:

      Yes, I always feel badly to see a tree cut down. We plant many trees each year here. If only others would realize how easy it is. Most cities give trees to people who are willing to plant and care for them. hugs, pat


    • Pat Cegan says:

      Trisha, I visited your blog and read several of your poems but could not find where to leave a comment on any of them. Great read and I would have left comments if I could have. hugs, pat


  2. This reminds me of the American Indian tradition of giving thanks and begging pardon of the animals they killed for food. Quite lovely.


    • Pat Cegan says:

      Yes, I like that idea, too. Watching my neighbor cut down his forest has been a shattering experience for me. It is one thing to read about it; quite another to watch the distruction and hear the whine of chain saws and trucks hauling wood every day. I think of how many animals are dying in this process. Thanks for your visit and comments. hugs, pat


  3. honeyhaiku says:

    A very Zen sentiment!


  4. Jingle says:

    perfect sentiments,
    very cute words.

    you rock..


  5. Jessica says:

    I do like the idea of replacing that which he had removed. A very moral tale, Pat, cleverly told within a poem!


  6. Kodjo Deynoo says:

    Indeed a wise lesson for us all, with gobal warming happening all around us


  7. lunawitch15 says:

    in harmony. yes i like this very much!


  8. fiveloaf says:

    should send this to an environmental contest pat! wonderful! my potluck if you have the time-


  9. Jaan Pehchaan says:

    Plant those saplings!
    And gratitude to nature!
    Just wonderful.


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