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Poems and Short Quips - 31. Myriad Hues

Can the color of a tree's foliage be described as simply green,
Or the form of its trunk merely defined as straight?
As with humans, are not variations in nature constant and irrefutable?
A forest's summer canopy contains myriad hues: emerald, umber, flaxen, céladon
Woven with mosaic patterns and delicate accents
Like stained glass portals of ancient cathedrals

Who are we to dispute Mother Nature's complexities?
Treasures are found in Her diverseness: vibrant, abstract, resilient, unique

A tree's trunk twists and turns with the passage of time
Ever-growing skyward in search of sunlight
Propagating new branches, growing fresh rings,
Demonstrating perseverance and the right to thrive
Who among us would pass judgment on this glorious woodland?
Why, then, do we treat the diversity of our fellow brethren with such contempt?

Just some thoughts on a Friday afternoon. Thanks for reading.

Copyright © 2017 MacGreg; All Rights Reserved.
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18 hours ago, Wayne Gray said:

Who indeed?

This entry pairs well with your thoughts on judgment.  If only we, as a people, rejoiced in variety instead of fear it.

Thanks for sharing this, Mac.

Yep, I've been ruminating over perceptions and judgment a lot lately. Nature can tell us so much about ourselves, if we stop to observe and interpret it.

Variety is good. Uniformity is boring and stifling. Celebrate the differences. Cheers, my friend.

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18 hours ago, BHopper2 said:

Mac... this was a beautiful poem, lots of great images you painted. I could see the forest you described. Then you ended it with a very powerful statement.

Excellent work.

Thank you, A! I appreciate your comments. Hopefully, that statement at the end will catch people's attention, as it did yours.

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17 hours ago, Mikiesboy said:

Who are we to dispute Mother Nature's complexities?

Who are we is the question. Who decides what is natural or normal?

Nature put us all here, as we are. That deserves celebration and acceptance.

This piece is wonderful, Sir.

It's been an ongoing debate for centuries, hasn't it? We'll just keep talking about it;  some people are bound to sit up and listen.

Thanks for your comments on this, my boy. I appreciate it.

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18 hours ago, Thorn Wilde said:

Beautiful and powerful. And very important. Thanks for sharing with us.

Thank you for reading it, Thorn!

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16 hours ago, Parker Owens said:

I can’t help but embrace this poem. It’s awesome. 

I embrace you in return, my friend. Thank you for the kind words.

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2 minutes ago, MacGreg said:

It's been an ongoing debate for centuries, hasn't it? We'll just keep talking about it;  some people are bound to sit up and listen.

Thanks for your comments on this, my boy. I appreciate it.

They are, Sir. More and more.

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16 hours ago, MichaelS36 said:

Your argument that diversity is normal is an excellent one. Well said, Mac. 

It goes back to the recurring question, "What is normal?" Who can really say? People change all the time, but diversity is constant. We should stop fighting against that so hard. Thanks for reading, Mike. I value your comments.

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16 hours ago, AC Benus said:

As Shakespeare said, " I may be straight though they themselves be beveled" (and he was writing this line in just as much of a Queer context as you are...in fact a love poem to his boyfriend) :) 

Nice poem, Mac, with a deep message 

Love the Shakespeare you quoted. "Normal" is in the eye of the beholder. Thanks for sharing this, AC!

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14 hours ago, Geron Kees said:

Liked it. Trees are among my favorite people. Thanks!

 

I agree! They listen well and don't talk back. Thanks for stopping by, Geron.

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On 5/10/2019 at 6:54 PM, Defiance19 said:

Absolutely love this.. I might read it out real loud for the folk in the back! It is so important and relevant, and people need not to be so dim.. 

Beautifully done. Thanks, Mac. 

Aw, thank you, Def. Go ahead and read it out loud to the bystanders in the stands. I'll even give you a megaphone.

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i missed this in the crazy that was last weekend, but i'm glad i found it now
Your analogy with the trees is just spot on. even among the same species, say the aspen, there are so many, many variants and as you say, no one questions that, do they?

thank You for sharing Your poetry and thoughts with us

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5 minutes ago, mollyhousemouse said:

i missed this in the crazy that was last weekend, but i'm glad i found it now
Your analogy with the trees is just spot on. even among the same species, say the aspen, there are so many, many variants and as you say, no one questions that, do they?

thank You for sharing Your poetry and thoughts with us

I'm glad you could get here now. you're very right about aspens, etc. being different, even within their same species. Thanks for reading, molly.

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