The Green Wonder – poetry – homage to plants

Plants are the highest form of life. Their biochemical complexity is way beyond ours. Where we are fragile they are resilient.

We are waging a war against nature and wiping out animals, chopping down trees and filling the water with our rubbish. When we are done, and have eradicated ourselves in the process, the plants will return and evolution will restock the planet.

The Green Wonder

There is a green wonder

That runs on light

To create splendour

In sheer delight –

An array of colour

Shape and grace

Exceeding imagination

Cramming this place.


Who could have dreamt of such magnificence?

Evolved through time to sate every sense.

Taken for granted until it is gone

At this rate, that will not take long.


The saving grace is that long after we are long gone

The green wonder will right every wrong.





The Green Wonder

Plants are the highest form of life on this planet. Their complexity outshines all else. Their photosynthesis provides the oxygen we breathe and their manufacturing of food provides the basis for nearly all life. It is thanks to the wonderful green organic machines that life has evolved in all its multitude of forms.

Plants are the fundament on which all life builds.

As we inexorably destroy nature and busily turn the planet into a plastic tourist Disneyland of concrete and garbage we will reduce the diversity to nil and pull the rug from under our own feet.

When we have finally succumbed to the inevitable virus there will still be plants to work their wonders. Over the millennia their roots will break through concrete and their biochemical processes will cleanse the planet.

Over a few hundred million years the remaining animals will evolve to exploit the food and habitats created by the green wonder. Once again there will be an array as varied and beautiful. Hopefully, once again intelligence may arise and this time really be intelligent. But even if it does it could never eclipse the most wondrous organism of all.

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