Black Poetry : In Exchange

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  1. WindWalker

    WindWalker Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    IN EXCHANGE
    Thumbs in suspenders; smug, log-hard face,
    the old logger stands, and from the edge of his time
    surveys a clearing of bleeding stumps: his handiwork.
    On surrounding hills, torn patches of earth's sagging face
    leave him unmoved, his attitude unchanged.

    With the cold eye of the predator, he calculates the worth
    of one remaining tree at the far edge of the clearing--
    a fleeting life, struggling alone, needles falling silently
    as tears from an orphan in the path of someone else's war...

    He hefts the chainsaw to take this last life,
    but as suddenly falls dead in his own killing fields,
    his heart giving out, tired of the noise, the killing:
    another wasted life in a wasteland of its own making.

    Among the wreckage, in an evening’s freshening breeze,
    the logger's son falls to his knees, weeps silently,
    his tears, long held back, fall freely on this broken land:
    are they for the father lying dead at the morgue--
    or for himself, now able to see the works of greed?

    In fading shadows, his haunted space comes alive:
    he hears his mother’s voice and unheeded advice:
    "Never take any life for foolish pleasure or greed, son.
    Take but what you need with constant gratitude
    for such is understood and permitted.
    In exchange learn to give of yourself also."
     
  2. msluciousb

    msluciousb Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    ABSOLUTELY SOUL STIRRING!

    We have a saying where I am from , "Give to the needy, not the
    greedy!" This was a greedy man who took all that was to be taken from the land. And what a price we pay when we treat
    mother earth that way. Live in harmony with the richness of the
    earth and you will find that she renews your blessings with each
    rebirth! I loved this piece so much I read it twice! Thank you , what a good read and an excellent ecological message!:D
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    in agreement wit msluciousb

    its just the way some people be .......thats the life we live in today
     
  4. alyce

    alyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    surely,

    you "see" the deeper things...I thoroughly enjoy reading your words; pure wisdom.

    "he hears his mother’s voice and unheeded advice:
    "Never take any life for foolish pleasure or greed, son.
    Take but what you need with constant gratitude
    for such is understood and permitted.
    In exchange learn to give of yourself also."


    thank you

    a
     
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    epiphany Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Windwalker......

    You clearly see the forest through the trees
    this poem representing an important lesson of life......well done!

    Epiphany :heart:
     
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