. . . nearly 75,000 acres of tropical forest are converted or deforested every day.
In other words, an area the size of Central Park disappears every 16 minutes.
If this present rate of deforestation continues, most of the forests will be gone
in less than 70 years.
Daniel F. Katz, letter to the New York Times Magazine, 21 February 1988
GREAT SHADOW, last of pure emblems, most threatened,
most about to be violated precariously balanced leaf
upon leaf upon water droplet, suspended flow held up
HALFWAY BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY, inhabited by species
yet unknown, unvisited, unapproachable, great lifted
reservoir of cells, of genes, of swarming creatural life
LET DOWN YOUR CHROMOSOMAL CHAINS, your vines
of ancient memory, unveil your healing mist through air
made dark and hostile now by human greed, by the folly
of governments and ideologies. May your spirit find
ways to cleanse and renew, to bring stillness and peace,
as rain always does. MAY YOUR WATERS BLESS AND REPLENISH
hidden pools, seeping and dripping, leaf to branch to flower,
to slithering centipede, to hooded monkey watching, watching,
THROUGHOUT THE GREAT CANOPY, hand to mouth to eye.
© 2005 Jared Carter