The tree of Life

The tree of Life

A Poem by alanwgraham
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A poetic allegory on climate extinction

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The Tree of Life and Death

 

before time or space,

existed only the void

dead, dark, devoid 

yet within that darkness,

all that will be, 'is'

is yet outside actuality

the tree of life and death, exists

not latent, as a seed, a ticking clock,

but latent, as stone and wood may become a house

 

a potent brew of air, earth, rain and sun

awaiting a 'sistine' spark  *

a moment of wonder, raveling inexorably

into god knows what, unknown future

uncertainly, in fits and starts,

the emerging, tangling, web of creation

blossoms into a ravishing outburst of being

the tree, for long inert

now crowned resplendent, in verdant glory

 

and yet, there is further to tell

no tree can live in solitude and thrive

but exists as a portion of a community

a flora and fauna, interdependent

birds of every hue and voice

scampering squirrels, fluttering bats

scurrying beetles, marching ants

honeyed bees, hovering flies

mushrooms, clinging mosses, lichens

nematodes and germs, uncountable

 

thus, the tree of life and its community

lived long in harmony together

until one day another creature appears

brimful of curiosity and avarice

he walks around the tree

plucks an apple from a bough

 

the tree of life is filled with foreboding

warns the man that if he eats

of the apple of good and evil

he, and all his kind, will perish 

the man scoffed at this and ate of the apple

 

from that day, the man and all his kin

grew steadily apart from nature

at first, all seemed to continue as before

until one day he looked up at the tree

he saw that the leaves were brown and dry

one broke loose and fell dead to his feet

then another, and another

until all, lay deep around his legs

 

the tree of life lay dead,

along with all its creatures

the man that had brought this about

reflected long on these events

knew now that he was a part of nature

knew that he was not the master of nature

knew now that it was too late!            

 

In that place, dead, dark, devoid …….


'sistine' - in the Sistine chapel, Michelangelo's painting of the spark of life passing from God to Adam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2019 alanwgraham


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Out of nothing, came something, and when that something grew legs, it took but a flickering of an eye to destroy what took the entirity of history to create. No matter how we believe we came into being, it is a bloody sin the arse we have made of it for future generations. And that is from a non believer. If that big bad fire exists, its gonna be helluva crowded down there.
An extremely creative and thought provoking write Alan. Every time i hear the word allegory, i think of Orwell, a favourite of mine, but i think the Coen brothers would be mighty pleased with this piece. I'd like to see what picture they could paint with your words.
Impressive.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

6 Months Ago

Ta Lorry. I'm relieved you've taken something out of this. Maybe kamikaze nuts 2 might attract more .. read more
Lorry

6 Months Ago

I heard about that from friends. Hope theyre all safe n sound.



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Grab another one with a water of life and pluck up your courage from the garden ~ Great story verse; I see, I, heard in all that haunted creation

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

4 Months Ago

Thanks Robert for your encouraging review. Haunted creation is a great phrase!
Take care.read more
alanwgraham

4 Months Ago

Sorry Robert. NO idea where 'read more' came from. It's happened a few times now.
Alan
Robert Robbie Dudley

4 Months Ago

Thank you and I do read more-so, Oh well
no-things happen
I love this poem about life and death of nature and how you have styled it. The tree of life is part of that nature of birds, squirrels, bees, etc. the"man" brought about the death of nature and its community has separated himself, as once they were ONE! He can now watch as nature shifts from one season to another. Great write; I hope I understood it well enough. Yours truly, Betty

Posted 4 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

4 Months Ago

Thats very kind of you Betty. You have understood it perfectly. I suppose we are seeing the start of.. read more
Betty Hermelee

4 Months Ago

Thanks and absolutely, sad to say. Best, Betty
A very powerful poem with truthful verses. You are giving life to the argument and sad direction humans are headed to in regards to this subject. I like how you put things in a religious, historical and a philosophical aspects. Kudos Alan.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

5 Months Ago

Thanks Sami for your very kind review and apologies for the delay. You are never quite sure about wr.. read more
Sami Khalil

5 Months Ago

All true. You are welcome...
Some people not only cling to the concept of rapture they are counting on it they use it as a justification for reckless destruction and disregard. I believe strongly in the gifts of free will and the pulse of nature we are all capable of critical thought and thus capable of being a part of not a taker of... life. Nature needs to be embraced and nurtured in us all... not taken for granted dear Allen we are so on the brink of our own collective makings apocalypse:(

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

6 Months Ago

Thanks Robert for reading and your thoughtful comments. The more people that talk and take action ov.. read more
Out of nothing, came something, and when that something grew legs, it took but a flickering of an eye to destroy what took the entirity of history to create. No matter how we believe we came into being, it is a bloody sin the arse we have made of it for future generations. And that is from a non believer. If that big bad fire exists, its gonna be helluva crowded down there.
An extremely creative and thought provoking write Alan. Every time i hear the word allegory, i think of Orwell, a favourite of mine, but i think the Coen brothers would be mighty pleased with this piece. I'd like to see what picture they could paint with your words.
Impressive.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

alanwgraham

6 Months Ago

Ta Lorry. I'm relieved you've taken something out of this. Maybe kamikaze nuts 2 might attract more .. read more
Lorry

6 Months Ago

I heard about that from friends. Hope theyre all safe n sound.

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Scotland, United Kingdom



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Married with three kids, I retired early from teaching physics but have always enjoyed mountains. In my forties I experienced a manic episode which kick-started a creative urge. I've written a novel .. more..

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