• Jessica Norman

when they came to cut the trees down.

Updated: Mar 11


When they came to cut the trees down

They brought dogs to keep us in line.


We stood behind fences

And watched the trees bleed

Sawdust and sap.

We heard

The sound of metal

Biting through bark

And the inaudible screams

Of a massacre.



Vertical cities gone in a blink.

Carcasses scattered

No time to decay;

Instead, earth cleared to make way

For concrete and towers

And boxes for people to live in.


Did the dogs know what a sin

They were committing?

Are they grieving?

#naturepoetry #savethetrees #poetry #lockdownpoetry

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