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My Friend the Oak (Saving Our Trees and the Environment)

John is a long-time poet, short fiction, and article writer. He loves story-telling and also has a Certificate in Permaculture Design.

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My Friend the Oak

Majestic you stand

towering above all,

still, but proud.

A century has passed

since you were just an acorn,

dropped by a passing bird.

Nurtured by the sun and rain

you grew, slowly at first,

but determined and sure.

Years passed by,

lovers carved their initials in your trunk.

and made love beneath your leafy canopy.

Children climbed in your strong boughs,

and birds built nests upon your branches.

The world moved on around you,

as the population grew.

Large tracts of forest cleared,

and trees felled all around.

You remained there all alone,

stark but standing tall.

Birds and animals displaced,

forced to seek new homes.

Further afield they roamed,

away from the encroaching development.

But you are trapped,

a solitary oak.

"Tree Song"- beautiful (one of my favourite songs of all time)

Smoke and chemicals from factories

pollute the air and water.

Cars rush by uncaring

along the road nearby.

Houses flank you on three sides,

you expire a gentle sigh.

Peaceful existence shattered,

but you do not complain.

Who would listen anyway,

even if words you could form?

What would you say?

"Stop this thing you call progress,

it has gone too far, too fast!

Stop destroying the environment,

nurture the land that provides for you.

I know growth is important to mankind,

but it must work with nature, not against it."

But you cannot speak

so your pleas go unheeded.

You need other voices to speak for you,

"So, on behalf of my friend 'The Oak',

please show a heart.

Protect the environment,

for future generations.

I beg you!"


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© 2014 John Hansen

Comments

Dr CHANDRASEN KALE on August 13, 2020:

Excellent. cskale@gmail.com

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 28, 2020:

Thank you Brenda. This has been one of my most read poems. I am glad you enjoyed it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 28, 2020:

John,

I think this one is so awesome.

You start at the beginning,

"you were just an acorn,

dropped by a passing bird."

Then you progress from there.

If only the old oak could talk...the stories it could tell.

We do need to protect them.

Thanks for the read.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 21, 2019:

Hi ps, thank you for reading. Yes, I love trees too. We couldn’t survive without them. Who knows, maybe you were a tree in another life. That is a nice thought . They do need people to give them voices however with all the destruction and clearing for so called development. Thanks for the angels as always.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 21, 2019:

Hi Hilary. Thanks for reading this and for the nice comment. No, I don’t have to force myself to write more words in my poetry to please HubPages.

Most of my poems tend to be story/poems and tend to be on the longer side or at least around 300 words (though I did write a series of short micro-poems.) HubPages does relax its word count rules for poetry and so you can find many short poems here, even moved to Letterpile. If I do feel a poem is too short I usually add a commentary or introduction to build it up rather than force more words into the poem. Good luck with your poetry.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 21, 2019:

Indeed. I will tell you a little secret (actually I may have said it on HP before this). I think I may have been a tree in another life because I adore them. Thanks for sharing this with up and giving voice to these majestic 'creatures'. Angels are on the way this afternoon ps

Hilary Hsieh from Georgia on July 21, 2019:

This is a beautiful poem. I love how humanly you depicted the tree, enabling us to understand the extend of the damage we do to the earth.

If I may, I would like to ask for advice about publishing poems on Hubpages. Do you need to force yourself to write more words to meet the Hubpages word count? I am considering publishing my own poems on Hubpages, but I am unsure if they will flourish here.

Thank you!

Hilary Hsieh

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 05, 2018:

Thank you for your kind comment, Lora. I have spent so much time living in the country surrounded by trees that it pains me to see big established trees bulldozed in sacrifice to development.

Lora Hollings on November 05, 2018:

A lovely and yet sad poem which depicts the plight of trees and in a more general context, of nature, as it struggles to survive the relentless attacks by mankind in his insatiable need for land and profits at such an expense to us and future generations. I really enjoyed the beautiful "Tree Song" too. A well thought out article that makes us realize just how awesome nature is and how long it takes to grow a tree to such a size only to cut it down in a matter of minutes!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 05, 2018:

Thanks Rinita. I will have a read.

Rinita Sen on November 05, 2018:

https://www.speakingtree.in/allslides/the-boy-and-...

Here it is. The last bit (about parents) was not there in the original story we read as children. They just added that bit here. The rest of it is the story I was refering to.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 05, 2018:

It was a surprise to get an email saying I had a comment here, Rinita. though, in saying that this has been one of my most popular hubs on Google for a long time. I hadn't heard the tale of the boy and the apple tree but sounds similar, yes. Thank you for reading as always.

Rinita Sen on November 05, 2018:

I was on Ann's article, and this came up under "popular", so came to read this older but strikingly beautiful piece of yours. It reminds me somewhat of that story with the apple tree and a boy, where the tree gives everything to the boy, but he is never satisfied. With ever growing population and "development", I wonder how long even this solitary oak would exist.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on July 27, 2018:

Jodah -- you are very welcome. I too, feel the same about looking forward to reading your hubs as well. You are a very talented writer, my good friend.

Have a peaceful night and keep in touch.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 27, 2018:

Wow, Kenneth, what a wonderful comment. Thank you for reading this and appreciating it My Friend. God bless you too, and I look forward to reading more of your wonderful writing too.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on July 27, 2018:

Hi, John -- today is July 27, and I have just enjoyed reading the above hub and one adjective can easily-describe the text and how you wrote it and how you expressed your feelings and the graphics were and now for the One Word: AMAZING! Purely amazing and I cannot lie. I loved it.

Thank you, John.

May God bless you for writing such a poignant piece.

Keep in touch.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 29, 2018:

Cheers Mark, much appreciated.

Mark Tulin from Santa Barbara, California on March 29, 2018:

Amen to protect the environment. Sweet poem. Thanks.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 27, 2018:

No, Franj, not a new one but thanks for rereading it. I should have a new hub out today or tomorrow.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 27, 2018:

I thought this was a new one..:( well still a pleasure to reread bless yo bro

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 27, 2018:

Thank for finding and commenting on this hub, Chris. It is an oldie but one of my most popular, views wise. Every word you say is so true. There certainly is a psychology involved and it doesn't show a lot of positives for mankind in general.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on March 27, 2018:

I missed this one when you published it, John. It is a fitting tribute to that oak. Too many would say that it is just a tree. But that tree and all the trees are so vital, not only to our survival but to our sanity. It is more than science, nature, and ecology. There is a psychology involved. When we can destroy without thought or guilt, we ourselves, in a way, have died.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 08, 2017:

Shyron, thanks for your lovely little verse and expressing your concern for the environment. Blessings.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on August 08, 2017:

John,

I am a tree hugger

Love the fresh green leaves

They clean the air we breath

Shaded from the blazing sun

Letting through a cooling breeze

Developers cannot understand

As they clear-cut the amazing trees

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John, I love your poems and I hate what is being done to our world for the benefit of the greedy who are not concerned with what they have done.

Blessings my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 07, 2017:

Mark, glad to hear you love oak trees and that this poem will encourage you to look at them a little differently.

Mark Tulin from Santa Barbara, California on April 07, 2017:

Love oak tees. Walk by a street lined with oak every day. Will think about them differently. Thanks

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on May 16, 2016:

Jodah,

Reading your hub was ALL my pleasure. And I thank you for reading my "Acorn" piece.

The BEST part of our comments is your "Yes, friends forever," that you said. I agree 110%.

Peace.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 16, 2016:

Thank you, Kenneth. It is always wonderland to have you read one of my hubs. I appreciate the kind compliment as well. I thought it appropriate to invite you to read this in the wake of the wonderful hub of yours "an Acorn's Tale." Yes, friends forever. Take care.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on May 15, 2016:

Hi, Jodah,

I truly enjoyed this hub. I mean I got lost in the imagery from the start. I can now tell you that, "you, my friend, are far better at producing poetry than I."

Thanks for inviting me to read this when I met you on this very night on my hub comment box on " . . . An Acorn's Tale."

You keep up the fantastic work.

Friends 'Til The End.

Kenneth

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 18, 2016:

Thank you Alexis, your generous comment is very much appreciated. I love poetry too :)

Ashley Cogdill from Indiana/Chicagoland on February 18, 2016:

I can see why it's so popular. :) I love poetry, enjoyed reading yours.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2015:

Thank you for reading and your kind comment Vellur. Yes we do have to do all we can to save the environment.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 15, 2015:

A beautiful poem. We must stop cutting down trees and save the environment for our future generations.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 15, 2015:

Thank you for reading this again ps. Yes it is sad that many beautiful ancient trees have to make way for highways and housing developments etc. if there are enough voices protesting to save them sometimes those protests are heart, but too often not. Keep waving that "Save Our Trees" sign.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 15, 2015:

Back to reread this, Jodah. It has been my belief that I may have been a tree in another life...I love them so!!!

When I lived in another state, there was an antique Oak growing in the center of a four lanes of traffic that intersected just at the location of the tree. It was a landmark...a tree most loved. But some city planners decided the tree must go..there were pickets and outcries but the precious tree lost. It was a tragedy of epic proportions.

Keep your voice loud and strong Jodah....lest more trees lost he battle.

Once again, Angels are on the way to you ps shared

Brandon from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2015:

You're Welcome

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 23, 2015:

Thanks for reading and commenting Brandon, much appreciated.

Brandon from Houston, Texas on July 23, 2015:

wow I like this poem you wrote with such pose its great keep it up

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 08, 2015:

Hi Chitrangada, protecting the environment is the most important thing we can do as humans. Thank you for your kind words and for pinning this in your Environment board.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 08, 2015:

Excellent poem with such an important message! Your top picture is so beautiful and inviting.

Thanks for spreading awareness through this wonderful hub. Voted up and pinned on my Environment board!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 25, 2015:

Thank you Smilealot, I too have quite a few tree poems in fact...though in fact most are hidden within other hubs. You are right we should treat them as friends and protect them. I appreciate you reading this one.

Smilealot on January 25, 2015:

I love to read tree poems, and I enjoyed this, and of course I did so without missing the importance of the message...that all trees are our friends....important friends that we can't do without!...well written:-))

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 24, 2015:

Thanks for your generous comment Harishprasad. I said hello to Mr Oak this morning from you.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on January 24, 2015:

So beautiful words but tinged with a poignant note ! How mercilessly we are destroying plantation in the name of progress ! I love this poem and your friend Oak is also my friend, though standing so far away. Say hello to him on my behalf.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2015:

I agree with everything you say ps. Thank you for your kind words and the Angels.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2015:

Shyron, thank you for reading and the vote up. The hub you want is called "Thoughts of Friendships" https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poems-of-Friendship

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 23, 2015:

Yes yes and yes. Our trees and all of our natural resources are life giving. It is our job and duty to see to it that they are preserved.

Your poem spoke so eloquently of the treasured oak.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 23, 2015:

As long as the oaks live this will be evergreen.

John, I look for Friends are a Blessing and could not find it. Please send a link.

Voted this up, UABI and shared.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2015:

Hey Dream On, the environment is very important to me and I do everything I can to protect it and try to promote its care. Great stuff collecting those acorns. I hope you find plenty of places to replant the little oak trees. They take awhile to grow but it will be well worth it. thanks for reading and your great comment.

DREAM ON on January 23, 2015:

You opened my eyes to the environment and protection of nature. I want to believe that the government would do everything to protect the natural resources for everyone but it is not always the case. I love Oak trees they grow with just one acorn. Last year I piled all the acorns in my yard and left them all by itself some replanted and I have little Oak trees growing. Now I have to find a spot for them in my yard. They keep the air clean and their roots hold lots of water when it rains. Thank you for your poem and pictures.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 03, 2014:

That same sentiment keeps me awake at night Ann. Will man ever learn by his mistakes before it is too late. I hope so. Governments seem blinded by the economy and progress, and not greatly concerned with what is right for the planet. Thanks for your insightful comment.

Ann Carr from SW England on July 03, 2014:

A necessary message, John. I love oak trees best of all and I hate to see any tree being cut down or destroyed. It breaks my heart. We do need to think of the consequences of our action. Some think 'It's only one tree.' Yes, but all the 'only one's make up a forest, hundreds of forests, then before we know it the trees are gone.

I hope we wake up before it's too late and that nature wins over materialism.

Great poem! Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 01, 2014:

Thanks for reading Independent Mind. It's always good to see a new name in the comments. Glad you enjoy this and hope to see you on more of my hubs. I will be sure to check yours in turn.

IndependentMind on July 01, 2014:

Beautiful poem and a great political statement. Mankind manages to destroy natures' beautiful creations more and more every day. I will never say they do this for 'progress' as it is done solely out of greed and indifference.

I am glad i ran across your hub pages. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 11, 2014:

Thank you nighthag, everyone needs to heed your wise words. I appreciate the vote up and share.

K.A.E Grove from Australia on June 11, 2014:

a wonderful thoughtful poem filled with a strong message that so many need to not only hear but take to heart . only together can we make a difference

voted up and shared!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 07, 2014:

Thank you for reading and your generous words a Peg. Having lived next to a chicken farm you have some first hand knowledge of the methane problem. It is much worse for the atmosphere than co2, but can be turned into electricity if people really cared enough to combat the issue. People just need to consider the consequences of their everyday actions and choose better alternatives. Glad you liked the images too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 07, 2014:

Thank you as always Genna for reading my hubs. Yes, it is my constant concern that enough people don't care enough to act to save our environment before it's too late. I know our current Australian Government doesn't care enough. They are trying to have 5000 hectares of protected forest taken of the natural heritage listing and opened up for logging. Thanks for the vote up and share too.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 07, 2014:

Your imagery and prose combined make a huge statement about the environment. I liked the way you presented the facts and let the reader draw their own conclusions. The simple story of the grocery store trip tells it all.

I once lived beside a chicken farm and the methane odor from the place was horrific. So were the renegade chickens who managed to escape then found a new life on the outside of the coop.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on June 07, 2014:

What amazing photos, John. I cheered when I read this beautiful and perceptive poem as I have been a “tree hugger” for years regarding protection the environment. I fear that we, as a society, won’t do anything until it is too late. Loved this; voted way up and shared.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 05, 2014:

Hi Alicia. I look for different ways to get this message across so it doesn't seem like a boring lecture. I hope I succeeded. Thanks for your comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 05, 2014:

Thanks for sharing such an important message so creatively, Jodah. Our destruction of the environment is horrible and very troubling. Your hub is a great reminder of the problems that nature faces.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 05, 2014:

Thanks MizBejabbers, I had a listen to that longer version, seems to have one extra verse and is sung slightly slower. It's good too. It seems there are a few versions. Or originally knew Evie as Evie Tornquist a famous Christian singer, not Evie Karlsson, so didn't recognise the name on the song at first until I heard her beautiful voice.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 05, 2014:

John, do you mind if I horn in here again. The version of the Tree Song by Evie Karlsson is just beautiful but I discovered that it is a truncated version, only 2:38 seconds long. When I went to pick up the link, there was another version over 6 minutes long that included the tree surrounded by the streets and again at a meeting site where the tree was speaking. It was so in line with your hub and your photos. I am including the link in case you want to listen.The poster didn't say who this singer is, but I will tell you that both versions make me want to cry. If the link doesn't work, you can google Tree Song and both versions should be there on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLgeZiVe3dM

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 05, 2014:

ok Shauna, all good. I'll do it. Send you an email soon.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 05, 2014:

Jodah, I like to give my guest writers freedom to pick their own topics. Shoot me an email when you have the time. No rush. I understand being busy.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 05, 2014:

Exactly CMHypno. I am sometimes surprised which hubs get the best response. Don't get me wrong, I was proud of this one but the poem only took me about thirty minutes to write while I was waiting in the car for my wife. It does have an important message though. Thanks for reading.

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on June 05, 2014:

Wow Jodah, so many great comments, no wonder you are so happy

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 05, 2014:

Thank you travmaj, I am blown away by the comments to this hub, so all I can reply is "thank you, thank you, thank you" :)

travmaj from australia on June 04, 2014:

A great tribute to trees and the environment - using the Oak to speak out was most meaningful. Beautiful tree - I have one in my yard here, ten years old and so impressive. I can't add much more to the wonderful comments here except agree, agree, agree! Great hub. Voting up. Cheers...

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2014:

Oh Bluebird, sorry, for some reason I read your second comment first before seeing this. Thank you for your caring and insightful comment. It makes me sad to think of how much of our population just don't seem to care. There is nothing more important than preserving life on our planet...all life, not just human, and the only way to do that is to care for and protect the planet.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2014:

Thank you for returning to add that comment bluebird, much appreciated.

bluebird on June 04, 2014:

I forgot to mention how those pictures were excellent and really helped make this hub as well. Thanks for sharing! And caring...

bluebird on June 04, 2014:

I loved this! The fact that you used the old oak tree to speak out for itself, amazing! Yes, there is a whole lot to be concerned about in this world with the environment, isn't the #1 worry today human survival itself?

It's good that you brought this out in the open here on Hubpages, it deserves Hub (and Hug) of the Day!

Let's all do more to love and care for Mother Earth!!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2014:

Shauna, thanks for that wonderful comment. I don't know what more we can do to convince people that climate change is real and man is contributing to global warming. They are threatened by any perceived change in their comfy lifestyle and don't want to worry about the future. Our current Government are climate change sceptics and have gotten rid of any committees and organisations the previous one set up to deal with it. I don't pee in the shower so much, but usually outside near the citrus trees as the love the nitrogen...lol. But yes we use safe and biodegradable shampoos, dish washing liquid etc too. It's a real compliment that you want me to be a guest writer on your blog. I don't have another article in the pipeline, but I have quite a busy time coming up. However I will see what I can do...would be honoured to try. Have you a particular topic you'd like covered?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2014:

Thank you for reading and loving this poem Ruby. I can't help remind people, just hope they don't get sick of the message.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2014:

MizBejabbers, that is probably the nicest and most touching comment I have ever got. Thank you for the 'awesome' vote and for being a true tree lover. It makes me sad that our new government here in Australia cares nothing for the environment and are opening the Protected Tasmanian forests up,to logging. I had never heard the tree song before either, but it is beautiful. I appreciate you sharing it with Mr B. Thanks.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 04, 2014:

I am so on your side here, Jodah. Yours and Mother Nature's. People who say we're not destroying our Earth and that Global Warming is a natural occurrence are full of poo poo. Yeah, Global Warming happens naturally, but what we put into the atmosphere has exasperated it. We are in danger and the world needs to know that.

More power to you my friend. You're a man after my own heart. BTW, I pee in the shower every morning. Gross? Hell no! The shower water washes me off. Speaking of showers: I also use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. That helps keep the active enzymes in my septic tank alive to break down the crap that goes down the drain.

There's so much we can do to help restore the health of the Earth and all its inhabitants. Why won't people listen?

Thanx for speaking out. I'd like to invite you to be a guest poster on my blog. As you know, I blog about environmental issues and green living. I've not had the time lately to post a new article. I'd love to have you fill in the blanks for me! Let me know if you're interested.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 04, 2014:

That first picture is amazing. Your poetry is spot-on. We all can do more to save the environment. Thank you for the reminder..Tweeted, loved it..

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 04, 2014:

John, you make me want to go hug a tree and kiss a deva! In all seriousness, this hub really touched me. I love trees so much, and it hurts me to see a forest cleared to build apartments – or WalMart and a parking lot. The poem was beautiful and so are your photos. I am not familiar with the song or artist, but I listened to the Tree Song all the way through, and it brought tears to my eyes. I’m sending Mr. B the link so he can share it on his Native American website. It isn’t flute music, but it is highly spiritual.

We have got to stop this senseless slaughter of trees!

I rarely vote a hub awesome, but this one made it. Voted up and shared, too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2014:

Thank you Pamela. I appreciate you reading and your kind comment and share.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2014:

Thank you Pamela. I appreciate you reading and your kind comment and share.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 04, 2014:

This is a lovely poem, and I certainly appreciate the mighty oak. You touched on some very important concerns in our world that need to be addressed also. I really liked the advice from the tree. Voted up and awesome, plus shared.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 04, 2014:

Thanks so much Devika, "golden words"... I like that... :)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 03, 2014:

You have brought to light of such an important issue through your golden words. I like the photo.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 03, 2014:

Hi Faith, glad to see you love the mighty oak and enjoyed this hub. Yes, the video is certainly different, but interesting. Thanks for the vote up. Blessings back.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 03, 2014:

I love trees, especially the mighty oak! Your poem is awesome as well as your important points made here as to our environment. Love your choice of imagery and that video is certainly interesting. Great hub once again.

Up and more and away

Blessings always

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 03, 2014:

Hey Jackie, thanks for reading another of my hubs. Here's to the mighty oak!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 03, 2014:

Thanks for your kind comment MsDora. Yes there are so many different angles to discuss important topics. I can't wait to go check your "Parable of an Oak Tree"

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 03, 2014:

Thanks Eric. I guess I helped overpopulation along too, with four kids and a host of grandchildren....not to mention the trees I have nurtured.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 03, 2014:

Thanks for reading Peggy, also for the advice about the pics from Facebook. You are right it isn't the best place to source photos correctly attributed. I only use ones I have had for ages and were really amazing. Unfortunately couldn't find the original source. I'll be more careful in future.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 03, 2014:

Thanks for reading and for such a generous comment Frank. I loved that pic myself...been waiting to use it somewhere appropriate.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 03, 2014:

Thanks for reading Bill. I know you are of the same mindset. We just need to keep reminding people. As always, I appreciate your comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 03, 2014:

My pleasure Midget, glad you agree with these sentiments. Thanks for reading.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 03, 2014:

The oak is beautiful just for his strength and may be the last tree standing. Important info and beautiful poem.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 03, 2014:

Very relevant message on protecting the environment. Your poem is beautiful and powerful. I did an article called, Parable of the Oak Tree in Winter. I made my oak speak, so it made me smile when you mentioned that the oak does not speak. So many different angles from which to look at things that matter.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 03, 2014:

Fantastic. I overpopulate. But otherwise I am good ;-)

John I think that at around 22 I finally questioned my speaking to trees. It just always seemed natural thing to do. I concluded by 23 that trees were people too.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2014:

Good piece that makes one think about our impact on the environment. BTW...not sure that facebook is the greatest source for photos which should be in the public domain and allowed for commercial use with a link back to the author of the photo. You might wish to rethink your use of them. Plenty of articles written can lead you to finding good sources for photos used in your hubs. Thought you might wish to know this.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 03, 2014:

what an amazing poem and informative message.. I love the gun pointed in mother nature's face priceless! voted awesome

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 03, 2014:

A wonderful combination of poetic beauty and social consciousness. Well done, John!