Joyce Hatkhonei Baite(St.Edmund’s College,Shillong.NSS unit)
THERE WAS A TREE.
A Puzzled child asks;
“Mummy, mummy what was a tree?”
“Well son, long ago there used to be
Living things called plants and trees
Which were as pretty as you please
In renewing oxygen they did wonders.
Alas! Now we live on oxygen cylinders
Because we didn’t see their importance
And cut them down in our impatience.
The result that all of us can see
Is a world without a single tree!
Oh! If we’d born a little wiser
We wouldn’t now live like helpless mice.
Coping without oxygen, we are the cause of destruction
Of destroying not what is, but in the past was.
By destroying trees , we’ve destroyed mankind.
And that’s why, my dear, no trees will you find.
But if you want to see them still
Go to the museum and there you will”.