Sometimes I Wish They Would Bite Back

Nature’s Green babies— 
birthed out of seeds, cuttings, roots;
sometimes,they burst 
out  of nearly murdered pieces of themselves.

Dancing in winds poisoned
by selfish Fleshy siblings,
Nature’s Green babies grow just strong
enough to offer mouth-to-mouth
to those holding the scythe to their trunks.

Still sucking the air out of their lives,
Fleshy swings the blade and Green goes poof!
Sometimes I wish they would bite back.

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Out of the same womb that sprouted “Revenge of Gaia” and “Beyond the Tending Hand.” For Imaginary Garden with Real Toads: Open Link Monday, and Thematic Photographic 295.

I took this photo a few days ago, while on a walk with my Piano Man. My love pointed it out to me, and I remember thinking, There you go, green old baby, bite back.

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  1. I have seen such trees on the streets of India too. I admired how strong they are. They fight back and bite back.
    Loved the poem!

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    1. I love their resilience. There is something magically telling about a tree growing through fences, concrete and all sorts of manmade things.

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  2. Nature can have an amazing power to bite back... Ah yes sometimes I wish they were even stronger...

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    1. Nature fights back, indeed. And like you, I also wish she would fight with more intent. I guess some of us have to be happy that she only defend herself and doesn't hold a grudge.

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  3. Oh, I love this. Inspiration! (See what I did there!). And how very true this is. But when we're gone, they'll fill the cities and streets with life. Love trees.

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    1. And at this rate, we'll be gone rather soon and they will be able to fill everything with all sorts of things.

      Yeah, I saw that. ;-D

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  4. Awesome words...and even awesomer image (and yes that is the proper use of te word when you are the subject) :D XXX

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    1. Awesomer should be a word... hot damn, it is! We just made it. ;-D

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  5. I wish they would too! I am thinking of the short story The Women of the Wood by A Merritt now :)

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    1. I had never heart "The Woman of the Wood," but I searched for it and found it free online. WoooHooo! Can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I too wish for green comeuppance, but I think green wins through its humility. It doesn't need a scythe like we do for for rapture. But then, we do get to dream of their comeuppance ... Nice.

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    1. It is just so difficult to watch there standing tall and giving, just to have someone to come and chop them to pieces... But you are right, in the end they will will... somehow.

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  7. Still life will flourish

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  8. I like the way you can read an image, Magaly - and that is, seeing it thru your writing, a powerful one.

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    1. They speak so loud to the eyes... and seem to scream to the heart. ♥

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  9. Looks like that tree was determined to grow! :-) yet, the trunk looks like it was in pain during the process.

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    1. I can totally see the pain. He looks like a mouth after loosing all its teeth. Very sad, isn't it?

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  10. When we are all gone, they will still endure.

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  11. Wow, your photo is captivating, and how perfect your thoughts were etched ever so deeply that you gifted us with such precise words. Bravo.

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    1. I might have said this already, perhaps in different words, but it's worth repeating: trees sing to the soul--loudly, too--through their shapes, their dances, when they droop under an unkind touch... They are so easy to love, and to hear, if we listen. I think I can write about these babies forever. I probably will... ;-)

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  12. Wonderful picture. Bright and vibrant and I love the shape. Slightly off, like something grown from strange magic in its seeds.

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    1. The woody fruit of an uncanny seed. I like it. ;-)

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  13. I will grow and no fence can stop me!
    ~

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  14. I really love that shot! Such a determined tree! But then nature is determined - and will win in the end!

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    1. She is patient... so yes, she'll do it!

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  15. Love the picture, how the old tree rests its saggy bottom on the fence :)

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    1. After you said that, I looked again and you're right! It looks like it's sitting on the fence. ;-D

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  16. There is a campaign in a village near us to fell the trees on the village green with reasons given that they are blocking out the light and causing lichen on the house roofs. The trees were there first! I hope they bite back too. You have shown us a remarkable tree.

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    1. Taste and esthetics (and compassion *cough*) are so very different from person to person...

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  17. Beautiful words and awesome photo! Have a great day! Hugs, Rasz

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    1. Hope you have a wonderful day, too. ;-)

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  18. Love the photo! For sure biting back! Excellent words my friend ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. I'm glad you liked the photo. I do, too. It's really close to my house, I think I'll visit him again when it stops raining. ;-)

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  19. This is funny and uplifting at the same time. It reminds me of a poem by I forget who about a fruit tree that was grown double, like apple one side and orange another, and then somebody came an sliced back into two. Was it Llorca?

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