Cruelty to trees

CD-San 20070417Is it cruel
To persuade a tree
To become small?

Nineteen years
In this same pot
Does it shed tears
That that’s its lot?

If it could talk
Would it say to me:
“I’m a tree!
Set me free?”

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About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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2 Responses to Cruelty to trees

  1. Vicky says:

     
    Hell yes! Plant the tree out in a hedgerow somewhere.  We have an Acer of some kind in a pot because it need Ericacious soil, which we have not got, but that is the only reason for confing it. When it gets too big we will exchange it with someone whose soil is right for something they can\’t grow and we can.
    Mmmm yes, I read a lot of Stephen Donaldson and Stephen Lawhead and (Stephen Hawkinge too) Even some Stephen Fry. You could get thoroughly lost in the plots of some of them!
    Green man faces. Did you know all pre-reformation churches have them both in stone and wood and that Fountains Abbey has one in the head of an arched window which the authorities at the site deny is there. There is also a very nice one in the church at Vanne in Brittany.
    Sorry but I think all men are smelly, even after a shower because they seem unable to get rid of their natural musk. Many females are the same so don\’t feel to put upon. At one time, when we were "primitive" we would have been able to read the signs which told whether a woman was fertile or a man aroused. Now we hide it all behind makeup deodorants and perfumes and pretend it doesnt happen. Now wonder both sexes are confused!    Please plant the little Hippocastanum out……… xxVickyxx

  2. Vicky says:

    Ah! Now would you want to befriend a 61 years old very cynical woman I wonder???  Well whatever the reason, or even if there isn\’t one, Ive agreed to your request and clicked OK. Can I have some chocolate now please?     So far as electronic things are concerned Oh yes! I agree entirely that they go out of date/fashion/favour much too quickly. As someone who learned to "type" on an ancient cast iron typewriter which you had to exert about two pounds of pressure on each key before it would form the letter (except the full stop which you had to be very gentle with otherwise it made a hole) I have watched with growing alarm at the electronic gadgets progress. In my line of business the originals of all documents have to kept for a certain number of years, between 8 and 15 depending upon what they are, and all documents have to be signed using a fountain pen with proper ink in it, either mauve or brown in colour usually. Faxed documents can fade away to a brown blob over one sunny weekend, digitally produced photos to a rainbow haze in two or three months, photocopies documents disappear back to plain paper in a matter of weeks, even stuff printed on 100 grammes paper with a top quality inkjet printer can become unreadable in a vey short time. Of course storage conditions have a lot to do with it. Too much light, damp or humidity can reduce a stored file to a messy heap of papier mache in no time. And, as you say, electronic storage itself is subject to the vagaries and greed of the manufacturers of the machinery they design to encode and re-read that medium. Perhaps we should take a leaf out of one of the books of the ancient Egyptians? On some of their monuments and mausoleums the inscriptions are still today as bright and legible as the day they were formed.    xx Vicky xx   

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