Thursday, April 2, 2009

Flash & Burn

I think that I shall never see
A poem as lovely as a tree
” -

Of course, I think, and who’d debate
A creed so clear it seems innate?

Deforestation, clear-cut hills,
Poisoned rivers, paper mills;

What kind of fool (or hypocrite)
Am I to cheerfully forget

I chop the wood, I pay the wage,
Each time I put a poem to page?

As flames roar through God’s nursery -
I’ll burn a disc (and save a tree).

15 comments:

Catvibe said...

This is good and painful. Thank you for writing this blatant truth. In many ways it reminds me of what I have asked for in my current blog request (please go check it out, I would love you to participate if you are so inclined). Although I haven't been a regular here, I have always loved your poems when I have come across them, and I wanted to stop in and say so. I keep seeing you on all of my friends blogs so I thought it might be time for direct communication. Hi Joaquin, I'm Cat, nice to meet you! Besides, you are in SoCal close to my favorite place in the world (THE BEACHES OF SO CAL!)

-confessional- said...

good for you. :) why haven't we all completely converted to hemp and bamboo? the knowledge is there, but it seems it is just convenience and prices that keep us going back for more trees. i'm jumping on your bandwagon. as little tree-usage as possible from now on. it's worth the effort. thanks for making it so obvious. i needed a wake up call. as always, thanks for thursday mornings.

oh and i'm going to be visiting Southern California next week, maybe i'll see you anonymously on the beach and we'll exchange pleasantries and never know it was each other. ;) internet friendships, gotta love 'em.

trooping with crows said...

"A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast..."

Sometimes my hypocrisy almost keeps me from getting out of bed. I feel so sad about the impact I make on our dear earth. This poem captures guilt, sympathy, and ignorance all in afew short lines. I'll think about this one on Earth Day coming up.. Happy you're a tree hugger, Joaquin!
A great poem in it's profound-ness!

trooping with crows said...

ps
Your titles are as ingenious as the poems themselves.

Karen said...

This poem might have been the first I consciously remember wanting to memorize, and it was among the first my sister and I put to music (back in the days when people washed dishes by hand and created their own amusements), so your poem appeals to me in its take on Kilmer. On another level, the gentle humor points out our hypocrisies. Great Arbor Day poem.

I'm liking your phoyeurism, too.

Brosreview said...

A thought-provoking piece here!!! As always, well-written too!!!

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

First of all, how lovely to see the handsome Joyce Kilmer's picture. Since this is poetry month, I do have a gorgeous poster of his poem, TREES, hanging in my classroom. (The poster is made from recycled paper:))

Very fitting poem for April - Poetry Month, Arbor Day, and Earth Day. I love the message. I feel like a hypocrite so much of the time when it comes to conservation. I do pretty well...but, I really need to try harder to reduce, reuse, & recycle.

Like TREES, this poem is a great example of the rhyming couplet and iambic tetrameter.

Beautiful work, Joaquin. Great Message!!!

jason evans said...

One beauty destroys another. But you stopped and saved the tree.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Yes it is so worth thinking about that. That's why I always buy second hand books...

Julie said...

Great poem! I especially love the last two lines. I will have to say, though, that I'm a big fan of holding books in my hands. Crafty Green Poet has a great comment. Second hand bookstores are awesome.

I am puzzled by things like journals that refuse to accept e-mail submissions. Maybe they get more volume via e-mail, but I still think it would be a great way to save paper. Anyway, I ramble too much. Wonderful poem. I enjoyed reading it.

Jannie Funster said...

This poor little planet, of all of those I've visted thus far I like this one best.

There are actually some people who plant more trees than they chop down - I'll riase my glass to them from atop the ferris wheel where I am headed after I post this.

joaquin carvel said...

thank you, cat - and nice to meet you as well.

confessional - "convenience and prices" - also explains wal-mart and msg. thank you - i think this was a wake-up call to myself too. have fun out here - say hi if you see me - i'm the guy in the grey shirt.

troop - it's hard to reconcile that sometimes - but it's all a big circle - i guess i've just been trying to take less out and put more in. and though not as crunchy as some - i do love me some tree. (glad you like titles too - sometimes they're the hardest/funnest part)

karen - how cool is that? putting poems to music! thank you - glad you liked the photo too - that was a great day.

boros - thank you. i need to hop over to the odds soon - check out the new lyrics.

k - he is pretty dashing, isn't he? thank you - i am going to pretend i knew of and inteded all of those things. i am not a eco-saint - but i think about it more now - i find it's harder to notice those little habits than to change them.

jason - thanks for dropping in. i kinda had to - i use too many napkins.

crafty green poet - thanks - that's a great idea. i've found myself going to the library a lot more - because it's free, but the bonus is it feels good.

julie - thank you - i'm with you on the email thing - even if the volume goes up, it's so much easier to open, read (or glance at) and delete an email than a paper letter. but sometimes i think they make it harder to weed out lazy people.

jannie - me too. and now i want to ride a ferris wheel.

Jannie Funster said...

I rode a ferris wheel just last week!

Karen said...

Just curious -- do you publish anywhere except here? You should.

maaga..... said...

teach me..