I am pagan. This poem has been coming on for a while, this summary of my spiritual-social insights. A first draft.
Each and every tree is sacred.
There is no one Tree.
Taking the life of a tree
Must only be done
When you are sure its replacement
At present we owe the planet many more trees.
Humans are in tree debt.
Clearing environments where
Baby trees grow without human
Intervention is blasphemous.
If we do this, we will be left only with weed trees.
Weed trees are better than no trees.
This is a planet of plants,
The needs of plants, especially trees,
Are to be privileged above those of humans.
The work of combining water, minerals and sunshine
Into life is sacred.
Humans cannot do this
And should not stop it.
Trees do not make mess.
Humans unwilling to tolerate the sacred work
Of making humuus
Should retreat to rocky places.
Humans need to remember
That trees live in quiet contemplation,
Human conflict (internal and amongst ourselves).
As far as can be determined,
Neither trees nor humans understand
The consequences of their actions.
On our present tranjectory,
It is unfortunate for both groups that humans are able to choose
Their actions over and above
The compulsion of trees to grow.
It is entirely possible
That leafy no-brains
Are smarter than
The wrinkly brains.
Religions which model themselves
On one leader are mistaken.
The spiritual work of the planet
Is evidently collective and