Cut the trees if you are sure
that nose and lungs can live
without oxygen in the future.
Clean the land if you are sure
that you can stop erosion
like the roots do.
Deforest if you believe that
your body doesn’t need
vegetables and fruits anymore.
If you are sure, I won’t stop you
but till then, you can’t massacre
the forest for your greed.

Sutputra Radheye is a poet and commentator on themes affecting the socio-eco-political scenario. His works have been published on Frontier, Countercurrents, Janata Weekly, Culture Matters (UK) and other platforms.

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