Woods are lovely, dark and green

Woods are lovely, dark and green
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep.

I love trees. I’ve always loved trees. And I’m sure I’ll never stop loving them.

One of the things I love doing is to look at the sky through the pinholes that a lush tree’s branches create.

Every time I look at a tree, I think, “Wow. Wonder how many years it took to become this big, this strong, this green, this beautiful…” Every time I pass under a tree and walk in the shade, I utter a silent “thank you”. Every time I see a tree swishing in the breeze, I can feel a smile pulling up the corners of my lips. Every time I see a downpour washing away the dust from trees and leaving them fresh and clean-green, I feel cleansed and rejuvenated! Every time I see new leaves peeping out from the branches, it gladdens my heart. Every time I see birds alighting on or flying off a branch, I feel serene.

Evevrytime I see a tree being cut, I feel I could kill.

The people responsible…the people who ordered for it…the people who’re doing it.

Very recently, about a week back or so, I left office right on time and was already pretty happy with myself for that. The sky had donned a deep grey overall and was threatening to pour. Unlike all the other days, I waited for a bus, hoping to get caught in the rain. Then, I got down at my stop and decided to walk. When I was almost home, it started drizzling and I took a different route, a slightly longer path that runs adjacent to a huge park near my house. Walking through the tree lined lane, with droplets bouncing off the leaves and branches right on me, made me ecstatic.

Until I reached home. There, I saw the two tress—they sheltered most of my house from the dust and direct view off the busy road—massacred. Literally. They seemed to have been cut done by someone who had a pen knife instead of an axe…and was asked to finish duty in 5 minutes! There were branches and twigs and leaves strewn all around. The parts where it had been cut, looked like someone had cut a bit through the wood and had wrenched loose the rest! It was awful! All that remained were the stumps! 😦

All my ecstasy drained right there. I was furious. Though I shouldn’t have taken it out on the wrong person, I snapped at the poor husband because he took about 5 long seconds after I rang the bell, to opened the door! I was swearing away in my mind, cursing the people responsible with the most horrid fates, donned the most fowl expression ever and even refused to attend my mom’s call (something which I never do, no matter what!).

I can’t even BEGIN to explain how furious I was. I don’t know what gets into me when I see a chopped down tree 😦 But it drives me up the wall, makes me furious, inconsolable and all that’s in that league!

On further examination of the area, I realised that about 12 trees had been chopped down, massacred similarly along one side of the road. And for what? To keep the branches from disturbing a wretched hanging electric wire! The ass**** (pardon me, but my fury is coming back! :() could have easily lifted the wire to a higher knob on the post than cut down 12 trees!!!!! Somewhere the power supply might have failed…and some dork must have decided it’s the trees’ fault.

I'm now sorry i didn't have a proper "before" pic; but well, I'm sure you can make out how tall the trees were...and how they are now 😦 😦

There’s nothing we can do, is there, to prevent such things?

I was recently talking to an aunt who’s demolished the house they’ve been living in, for years, and is now rebuilding it in a much better way! And she said, there was a coconut tree that had to be cut. And apparently, she needed permission from the Govt to cut it. After all formalities and everything, she ended up paying over Rs 35,000 to the Govt, for cutting a tree that’s right in her own plot!!!

But when it comes to electric wires, tress are a nuisance. Does the cost of getting someone to take up the wires to a higher level and get it tied there run into crores? Is that why cutting off fully grown trees to make way for these wires a better and oft opted solution!?

Bah! I hate people who cut trees. Even if it’s my very own brother who does it! There! Now that statement says it all! 😐

I guess for some…

Woods are lovely dark and green
But I like dust and heat than trees
And a million ones I’ll cut ‘fore I sleep.

E.T.A: Gosh! I know I sound dumb right now, but I had no clue today is World Environment Day! This post on trees here is a mighty coincidence! I’m off to plant a sapling now. And tomorrow, I’ll be at Lal Bagh to participate in “The Sapling Project”! Go GREEN! 🙂

The Sapling Project @ Bangalore
Venue: Lalbagh, Glass house.
Time: 10:30 AM
Contact: Joel Fernandes – 9008905774

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28 thoughts on “Woods are lovely, dark and green

  1. Its really saddening to see so many trees being cut… the main road near my house had some really big trees, and so there used to be shade all the time… but with the increase in traffic, those trees had to be cut… and its never been the same since then…

    No wonder Bangalore is getting hotter and hotter every year…

    • Yes…it’s never the same again.
      What irks me the most is the indifference with which they cut off huge trees!
      Well, in an age when even kids are on a killing spree, guess it’s unfair to expect emotions attached to a tree! 😐

      Yup, it definitely is getting hotter by the year….and I truly sympathise with the people who’ve been here forever. This change sure hits them the hardest 😦

  2. Road widening is something which causes most of the city-trees to perish…last year around this time we led a chota movement in vellayambalam to stop cutting those huge handsome trees..Well, at midnight Sugathakumari teacher and other dignitaries arrived and stopped it..we were promised that they would be saved..Alas after 2 days …all promises were passed over…and they were grounded!!Here comes the beautiful vellayamabalam junction with only huge concrete forests!!!

    • Welcome to AlphabetWorld! 🙂

      Oh. I remember that! Those trees were majestic…awesome.
      Such are the times when we lose hope in the “system” and movements and everything. 😦

      Yeah. Vellayambalam does look super now! But not as great as it would’ve looked WITH the tress.

  3. Idiots ! If they dont have the brains to raise the wires a bit, they could have atleast cut those branches that were causing the problem, right? Its in anyway better than cutting the whole tree. Thalakku velivillengil enndu cheyyum !!!

    But dont you worry, there is a way to kill those guys responsible for this. You are getting a new car right? Be a woman and drive the car yourself! 😀 😀 😀 😀

  4. Very sad and crazy indeed.

    I totally agree with vimmuuu, that’s exactly what they should have done. Trim the branches that are a danger to the wires and leave the rest of the tree (it works well, because that’s what the council does in my part of the world).
    I could totally relate to your sentiments of love for trees, for I’ve grown in afamily very fond of gardens and fruit trees. A very sad scenario indeed 😦

    Thank you Priya for visiting my blog and showing me the way to your beautiful and very interesting blog.

    Keep up the good work 🙂 🙂

    • Welcome to AlphabetWorld! 🙂

      They NEVER do it in this part of the world!!! It’s so heart wrenching to see the majestic ones just surrender to a flimsy man with a flimsy axe 😦

      Thanks, Chatterbox. You have a lovely blog yourselves! 🙂
      Do keep visiting.

  5. Awww… I hate it when trees are cut!!!!! People should have other alternatives, you know, than cutting down trees. Or if they do, then they must atleast re-plant or plant a fresh sapling somewhere!!

    Btw, your post reminds me of the couple of trees that line our apartment complex. I have walked under their shade for 5 years now, and every time I do, I whisper a quick ‘Hello’ to them 🙂 Call me crazy, but I love doing it 🙂

    • Man always takes the easy way out, right!?
      Replant a fresh sapling? in the process of cutting downa tree, they’ll trample over every single thing growing at it’s foot!

      Hehe…i can sooo relate to that! 🙂
      Thanks for dropping in.

  6. That reminds me of the thing I used to remind myself during exams >>>

    The room is cool and the subject is sweet ……
    But I still have almost 3 units to sweep ……
    and miles to go before I sleep ……
    and miles to go before I sleep ……

    lol … 😛 … these lines are one of my most most favorites .. 😀

  7. Even I am saddened at the illogical thinking of the ppl when they take decisions to cut a wonderful tree, which has taken so many years to grow and give that huge shade for us and takes part in the rains cycle, in its own sweet way. When will ppl realise ???? I hope its not too late then.

  8. I can relate to your emotions there. Helplessness and gut-wrenching anguish…

    Taken from one of my earlier compositions.

    (An afterword – to Mother Nature)
    Despite our imbecile, insolent greed,
    She continues to nurture us and feed.
    And what does humanity do?
    Happily gorge and breed.

    One day… We will regret our iniquities – especially our actions against Nature.

    Peace.

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