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Green fingernails, grey skies

What will we do when the last tree falls?

By Joe O’ConnorPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Green fingernails, grey skies
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Do you see a dead tree?

this can’t change

nothing will grow again

it’s too late

words I never want to hear;

that we can do this

there’s still a chance

if we work together

people try but

not all


humanity is selfish

we know


it’s your world


it wasn’t you

is not an excuse

it’s too late

cup your hands in the dirt

scraping for life


accept that

this is our reality

then it is

it’s over

when we look like

giving up


hope can remain

and we can’t rewind the clocks

we are out of time

it’s a fool who says

this can change


that tree is alive

Author’s Note: If this seems too disheartening, try changing your perspective ⬆️

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About the Creator

Joe O’Connor

New Zealander living in London

Teacher of English and History, and sport-lover

Mostly short stories and poems📚

Feel free to be honest- one constructive comment beats a hundred generic ones

Currently writing James The Wonderer

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  • Patrick M. Ohanaabout 13 hours ago

    It's a dying tree from the beginning and the end and we're doing almost nothing to save it and too many others. I think that I love trees more than most humans but that's another story : )

  • L.C. Schäferabout a month ago

    An excellent inverse, I could NOT get the hang of this form!

  • D.K. Shepard2 months ago

    Oh this is incredible! What a dramatic reversal, such a good inverse poem! And a compelling commentary on deforestation too.

  • Wow, this is crafted perfectly with two very distinct meanings. Absolutely brilliant, Joe!

  • This had clear powerful message both ways. I really liked the way you began with opposite line of the tree being alive and dead

  • Marti Maley2 months ago

    Love this. I struggled so much with this challenge, and you made it seem effortless. Love the simplicity and beauty of your words. Awesome job!

  • Denise E Lindquist2 months ago

    Wow. Nice work!😊💕

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Fantastic!!! Love it!!!♥️♥️💕

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    Well. this is stunning work, Joe and couldn't believe I wasn't already subscribed to you - so fixed that straight away. This flowed so well and had a very powerful message. Loved it. Funny thing...I tackled human's ruination of the earth in one of my inverse entries!

  • Sometimes, it's just too late, isn't it. So sad but it's the bitter truth. Loved your poem!

  • Excellent… I didn’t realise it was an inverse poem until I read Mackenzie’s comment… amazing!

  • Mackenzie Davis2 months ago

    No, i don’t see a dead tree. Not anymore. BRILLIANT inverse. It flows so well both ways! My jaw is on the floor.

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    Very well done.

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