The Felling of the Banyan Tree full poem


Monday, 23 September 2019



The Felling of the Banyan Tree



  •  Have you ever gone through some forests somewhere?



  •  What did you see there?



  •  How can we save trees? 

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About the poem: The poet is saddened by the slaughter of the trees in his house le saved the and describes the felling of the two hundred year old banyan trees like the murdering ofa human being. It is a moving poem that expresses the poet's love for trees and criticizes the creation of concrete jungles at the cost of green forests. e society?

 My father told the tenants to leave
 Who lived in the houses surrounding our house on the hill 
One by one the structures were demolished
 Only Trees are sacred my grandmother used to say our own house remained and the trees Felling them is a crime but he massacred them all
 The sheoga, the oudumber, the neem were all cut down


The Felling of the Banyan Tree But the huge banyan tree stood like a problem
Whose roots lay deeper than all our lives
My father ordered it to be removed
The banyan treè was three times as tall as our house
 Its trunk had a circumference of fifty feet
 Its scraggly aerial roots fell to the ground
From thirty feet or more so first they cut the branches
 Sawing them off for seven days and the heap was huge Insects and birds began to leave the tree And then they came to its massive trunk Fifty men with axes
 The great tree revealed its rings of two hundred years
We watched in terror and fascination this slaughter chopped and chopped mythology revealed to us its age Soon afterwards we left Baroda for Bombay
As a raw Where there are no trees except the one
Which grows and seethes in one's dreams, its aerial roots Looking for ground to strike.


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 Read and enjoy the following poem:
Tree They didn't tell us
 What it would be like
 Without trees.
Nobody imagined
 That the whispering of leaves
 Would grow silent
 Or the vibrant jade spring
Pale to grey death
And now we pile Rubbish
on rubbish In this dusty landscape
Struggling to create
 A tree. But through the space is right     
                                                            - Dlip Chitre

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