Holy is the mountain
To spirits dwelling there;
Sacred are the living things
That bide its rise/that ride its air.

Endless are the glories
Of rock and spire and space;
Soulless is the man who
Would desecrate this place.


Joyce Kilmer’s poem notwithstanding,
Most politicians couldn’t care less.
They don’t know a tree
From poetry….
And, if they do, they’re not impressed.

They think that they shall never see
A tree lovely as a board….
Which is fine in moderation
But rain forest devastation
Is a plank the earth cannot afford.

Pray let their eyes be opened —
Save the forest for the trees.
A little reflection
Beyond their election
Would serve better by degrees.



8 comments on “TWO FOR EARTH DAY

  1. I love this poem, mistermuse. It is one the best (and there are many) that you have ever written.
    In the week after my birthday we have Earth Day and Arbor Day plus April is the month for humor. That somehow reflects on my personality. How perfect is that!


  2. mistermuse says:

    Thank you, Michaeline. And for the benefit of those who never heard of the poet Joyce Kilmer, it’s understandable that you’d assume he’s a she, but he was a he – born Alfred Joyce Kilmer, and killed by a sniper’s bullet in France during WWI. He was best known for his poem “Trees.”


  3. arekhill1 says:

    I fear the politicians only do what we demand they do, Sr. Muse. The fault is in ourselves.


  4. mistermuse says:

    True, but for better or worse, “we” can’t seem to agree. To paraphrase a well-known line from a well-known poem: “Let me count the WEs” — there’s liberal WEs, conservative WEs, libertarian WEs, independent WEs, etc., etc., etc. There’s gridlock in the heated political breeze, and the hot air is enough to make me wheeze!


  5. mick says:

    Cathedral of the Wild is evocative; meaningful to anyone who as been within the splendor of wilderness. Excellent!


  6. mistermuse says:

    Mick, ’tis like a breath of fresh air to come across you again in our old favorite meeting place, Mother Nature’s realm. I appreciate the comment and hope we cross paths again soon.


  7. Don Frankel says:

    Of course Muse, money is made out of paper. I mean their are coins but the big stuff, the stuff with Benjamin Franklin on it, is made out of paper and paper comes from… So perhaps they’ve never have seen anything as lovely as a tree.


  8. mistermuse says:

    Especially with election campaign season starting to heat up, Don….though, come to think of it, a law requiring that all political contributions must be made in coins might have the desired chilling effect on some of the hot air emanating from the candidates.


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