Tag Archive | Deforestation

The Wooden Chair in CHO

Hi Friends,

The Wooden Chair was the first haibun I had written. This was published in Contemporary Haibun Online’s July issue, 2013, Vol 9. Please find below.

My Wooden Chair

I stroll restlessly in my new house as trees outside are being chopped for construction. Lifeless new buildings are sprouting in the neighbourhood. I wonder mildly about deforestation as I lean back in my chair.

my wooden chair screeches–
memories of a
felled tree

The Missing Forest

Where is that dense forest

inhabited by palm, birch and maple trees?

Co-existing with their delicate leaves, fragrant flowers,

surrounded by tiny plants and thick vegetation

 

They were all cut down

and those who resisted

were burnt down

 

In their place now exists

modern buildings and uncaring hearts

throbbing only for printed papers

known as money

 

Those who survived the fire

still exist in the form of houses, furniture,

beauty products and lifesaving medicines