Here I Stand – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: a dead tree on the bank of the Lesmurdie Brook – still providing an anchor for soil and offering habitat.

“We depend on the forest, and the forest depends on us.” Nito Uvenibo (PNG)

Here I Stand

Once I was a forest,
I ventured here long ago
where I saw many scenes until the 
sudden impact of anthropocene and,
saddened, disillusioned with your
devalued schemes, I surrendered to
the tranche of your salt and cull,
wrapped in dollar bills and bricks,
where you promised the earth to all
but me, yet here I stand, holding the
ground, resisting the tide of your
desire to 
cut me, 
burn me, 
rip me, 
turn me, 
own me; 
in silence I point to life within me, 
even now the centipede, ant and 
moth reside, while the grains of time 
know me as a lodge at the edge of 
existence; here I am, alone, together, 
against your march on all life.

Copyright 2021 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®


Filed under awareness, bush walking, ecology, environment, Free Verse, life, nature, poem, quote

40 responses to “Here I Stand – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Yowzaverse! Stand your ground, my twiggy brother!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This poem needs to be shouted from the rooftops.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Excellent!

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

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  4. Brilliant and the tree sure stands alone and has gone through so much of our human madness. Awesome picture and poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. We should learn the level of duty and responsibility from….
    Very effective in very simple words!


  6. If trees could speak, they would probably write poetry.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Amy

    Feel the pain… Well written, Paul.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. My heart aches when I see what is happening to the living things that have supported us from the beginning. If we don’t change our ways we will know their pain first hand.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


  10. Love this! There is such strength in trees.

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  11. Its a great cry out, for saving the nature. Les hope also the responsible one will hear. xx Michael

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  12. lync56

    So so true – well said


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