A Clear Cut Horizon

A Clear Cut Horizon
A Clear Cut Horizon

A Clear Cut Horizon

a.

Clear cut mostly dead

forests of Montana logged

a bare hillside erosion

just two seedling firs

so many logs trampled earth

a human rutting season.

 

In a bitter dream

employee crushed by lumber

before green comes out of ground

morning birds squabble

many ancient forests gone

carried away on log truck.

 

This employee killed

lives on as middle class home

hung on hook American

built up by these men

hillside of San Francisco

or near woods of Seattle.

 

Snow melt on fresh stumps

generator near brush-pile

rumbles like this bravado

could cause a wildfire

as the Swede starts the Cat

today a thousand board day.

 

b.

Pine trees grasp for air

once fire resistant Lodgepole

where flame kills the tree not seed

would open their cones

where scarred land would bring new life

now barren even to grass.

 

Cats drag roughened stumps

the groan of machinery

lifting dead roots from the ground

now dried and useless

sound of metal against wood

large wheels roll flatten the earth.

 

Between remaining

stumps we try to live our lives

our cows will no longer eat

our families leave us

like pine removed from hillside

not one fir seedling remains.

 

Worker stamps his foot

stands up his thousand boards

“Soon you will all be polished.”

Remember when Pine

fell on thinning underbrush

skid of bark slipping on bark.

 

c.

A young bear cub stares

at empty world of no tree

frozen by the sudden change

falls down on all fours

runs back towards an Aspen Grove

towards Mother and Siblings.

 

Each dawn is cleared more

the frost from cold morning still

Diesel engine blows black smoke

on lackluster land

smoking boulders and steel tracks

some grass peering from the mud.

 

Wild horses now stand

where once was a row of Pine

Chipmunks fled awhile ago

only Black Ant left

a Black Ant carries egg

where Yellowjackets circle.

 

Above crushed dead log

a small supply of pitch ooze

the hot bare land seems brittle

like black lava flow

no more green limb sturdy Pine

butterfly on barren ground.

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Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

2 thoughts on “A Clear Cut Horizon

  • June 13, 2022 at 11:25 AM
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    A great piece expresses the sorrow of forest loss which is so bad for the environment. It is an ecological crisis. Well done, Jamie, with excellent phrasing.

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  • June 20, 2022 at 4:29 PM
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    Thank you for your kind comment Phyllis. I am grateful and I appreciate your support. Jamie

    Reply

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