Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sudden Demise In The Backyard

It was sad. It was inevitable. It numbered No 9 of the victims to be "killed" without much notice in the backyard. Is the victim a pet (cat or dog), a mouse, a bird no no ..... it is a poor helpless tree! Yes a tree and it is tree no 9 to be chopped off!!! No amount of plea could prevent it being hardlessly felled. It did not commit any crime except shedding leaves and habouring red ants. The reason for it having to go was just simple - man has lost the joy of sweeping its fallen leaves. Where are the days when it was a joy, when the tree was being praised for the shade it has given? Nah, all this is forgotten. Man has such short memory..... man is selfish .... utterly heartless. The birds would have missed its branches, there could have been nests on the tree. The forlorn owl hoots are no longer heard .... poor tree, poor birds and also poor ants - all their nests gone too. Man is happy, no more leaves to sweep. The only one consolation is that at least tree's life was spared another two years. Talk of felling tree was already in man's mind two years ago. Pleas not to fell tree because of environmental and ecology aspect tuggged man's conscience but only for a short while. Two years down the road the inconvenience of sweeping tree's leaves took over whatever conscience there was in man's mind. This time pleas fell on deaf ears. Tree had to go. And go it did. Good bye tree, sorry birds, too bad ants. Only man is pleased. Apart from not having leaves to sweep anymore he has won a place in the hall of fame joining the many who has contributed to global warming and de-forestation of the urban kind.

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