The Tree Planting Villanelle

If once a year we each planted a tree
To replace those lost in the year gone by –
A greener place this planet Earth would be

Certainly, not a soul could disagree
That we’d both breathe easier – you and I –
If once a year we each planted a tree

There’d also be more shade for you and me –
But paradoxically – unto the eye –
A greener place this planet Earth would be

As well – there’d be more sites for birds in glee
To stop and sing us a song as they fly –
If once a year we each planted a tree

Lastly – there’d be more oxygen for ‘free’ –
Though colourless – it’d be the clear reason why
A greener place this planet Earth would be

So need I say more to help make you see?
The message is simple – and it’s no lie!
If once a year we each planted a tree –
A greener place this planet Earth would be

07.22.94 – 08.11.94

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.

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