Of Wood And Man

Of Wood And Man is not only a sobering video poem about the impact man is having on the environment, but also explores the fact that mans’ exploitation of the natural world via his superior intelligence will only lead him more swiftly to a common grave with nature itself.


Of Wood And Man

In this place
where plains enfold a restless sky
where eagles sweep
whilst creatures pacify their young
you stand
indifferent to the passing day

you are the man
the man is you
he seeks the skeletons
that lie beneath your hallowed heath
to rape
to yield;
condemn your knotted dreams

you shield your weeping wood
in a desperate truth
that turns to dust
with every barren vow
and trampled trust
bough’d down
conceding victory to greed
your seedling souls unsown

In this place
no longer graced by eagles’ sweep
where earth was never yours to keep
you fill the grave of wood and man
who took
but never gave

About ShirleyB

I was born with the muse in me. Sometimes I wish it would go away but it won't, so, good, bad or ugly it will escape intermittently.
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23 Responses to Of Wood And Man

  1. Grace says:

    The ending lines are powerful and brings home the message of our role in the destruction of nature ~ I feel sad that the place is no longer graced by eagles and all the trees are dust ~

    Thanks for joining us Shirley ~ Welcome to D’verse ~

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  2. whimsygizmo says:

    Love love LOVE those “knotted dreams.” I am such a lover of trees, and this is just beautiful.

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  3. I simply love the video .. so much truth in what we do to nature… so sad that man absorbs himself in greed, to take and never give… I think it’s about owning something that you cannot owe.

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  4. ShirleyB says:

    Thank you, Bjorn. The video is also one of my favourites.


  5. I simply like the message and the format.

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  6. ShirleyB says:

    Yes. I love messing around with video as well as writing poetry! They go together well.


  7. Bodhirose says:

    What a beautiful presentation, Shirley, I’m so impressed. Your words carried even more of an impact through the video. No, we humans have never owned the land or anything else of nature but we act as if we do with carelessness and greed. Your ending verse was sobering. Welcome to dVerse, so very glad that you joined us.
    Gayle ~

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  8. I agree with others about your closing lines…this is powerful writing indeed. Thank you!

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  9. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    WOW! You really went all the way with your poem and the video 😀 this is amazing!!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. ShirleyB says:

    Thank you, Sanaa, for reading (and viewing!).


  11. Sherry Marr says:

    A powerful poem, beautifully and thoughtfully written. Lovely to read.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. ShirleyB says:

    Thank you, Sherry


  13. vbholmes says:

    Very moving–with the video adding even more emotional power to your sensitive words. So well done.

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  14. Raping
    so afraid
    oF Nature
    living them..
    they chop off
    feet to see tHeir
    feaRinG Hands..
    Trees and
    Apples same..:)


  15. Sumana Roy says:

    you’ve defined man well: man / who took / but never gave”…great lines…


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