Mankind’s Dirty Hands

My poem today is based on a poetic ‘comment’ that I wrote on the “Chatter Blog’s” site, after reading her interesting article. For those who follow Colleen’s site, would agree that all of her posts are thought provoking and interesting, and you may visit her article by clicking on this link >>

Mankind’s Dirty Hands

I am an ancient oak tree

leaning against the prevailing breeze

the winds of time have shaped me

after blowing my disguise into the sea

now here I stand

a lifeless shadow

of leafless branches

within nature’s naked forest

waiting for mankind’s dirty hands

to stop the desert sands

from ravaging the last strands

of what remains hanging over our land

Ivor Steven (c) January 2022

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

40 thoughts on “Mankind’s Dirty Hands”

  1. Oh, i get it, nature’s antiquity, mankind’s hatred towards nature’s preserves and old age along with the danger that the present generation’s mishaps poses to folks long in the tooth. The allegory is rich, the symbolism great and the images clear. What a wonderful piece, Ivor!

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      1. I believe in reading and interpreting with thoughtful comments.. and I think that promotes and prompts my imagination to create more poems … it’s adds lots of time to my blogging hours, but sometimes the results from the process are amazingly well worth the extra effort’s I put in πŸ˜ŠπŸŒπŸ€—πŸ“‹

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  2. I think the awareness is there and the desire is there. I do wish that ‘we’ all understood our own small changes will add up to huge differences, and wellness. πŸ™‚

    And thank you for the nice words my friend.

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  3. Beautiful photo by Derrick!
    And your poem…powerful, important and well-expressed, Ivor!
    I love when you write poems based on comments you make on your WP friend’s blogs! πŸ™‚
    It is so sad and so maddening that so much in nature IS disappearing/destroyed by mankind’s hands. Oh, that we would do more to do good with our hands. Help nature survive.
    PS….beautiful song/vid!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn … and Ayla has mainy wonderful meditative music/videos, but I this one to be suitably appropriate for my poem … and yes we should be using our creative minds and indusrious hands to help the planet in better ways … πŸ˜ƒπŸΆπŸ’›πŸ€—

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  4. I have been standing under trees for refuge so much in past weeks Ivor.. and we must never loose our rooting.. I am lucky to live in a place where trees are everywhere.. I wish the rest of the world was not so hell bent on destroying the forests, the wild places feed our soul.. and the loss of them is a deep and utter soul loss.. hugs lovely friend. ❀

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    1. I so much agree with you…there’s no better way to write like you’ve done so…we all do play an important role…I tried to convince my family not to have a Christmas tree…but kids didn’t agree…”no Christmas without a tree”, they said…I don’t agree even they’re produced do Christmas…but just for a day or 2 of celebration, we’re ready to cut a tree…instead, if every family plant a tree, it would be beautiful…even too much meat consumption is one of the culprits…we say, oh it’s so sad for the nature…for mother earth…but we are directly or indirectly involved…pls do know, I’m only sharing my thoughts…your beautiful words made me write my point of view…so thank you…

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      1. And thank you for your thoughtful point of view Navin .. it’s a subject I am passionate about .. but sadly the so called leaders of our world still bow to the greed of the corporate powers who continue to destroy our trees 🌳
        I love your idea of everyone planting a Christmas tree, instead of chopping one down .. my mind is imagining how many new trees 🌲 each year that would be 🌲🌲🌲😊🌏

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      2. You’re welcome, Ivor…not just Christmas tree but all kinds of tree we must plant…I’m imagining aa well how many new trees each year βœ¨πŸ’šπŸ’«

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    1. I wrote the poem and then I searched my β€œDerrick files” for a suitable β€˜tree’ photo, and this one fitted the bill, although I did crop the original photo … I hope that is ok Derrick


  5. A very powerful piece, Ivor! We’re lucky to have a lot of trees where I live but they keep clearing the land for more buildings. With that said a lot of the trees are left standing or replaced by new ones. πŸ’š 🌲 🌳

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    1. Thanks Rose, and Derrick has been following my site since I started blogging … and always look forward to visiting his site every morning, his wonderful photos jump-start my day .. πŸ˜ƒπŸŒπŸŒž


  6. Wonderful post, Ivor! Exquisite poem. ❀ Trees are inspiring as well as life-giving. Very sad to see them falling before their time. Human beings, including those with "dirty hands" will be the losers for destroying the environment. Lovely photo by Derrick Knight!

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