Forests and a ray of hope!!

Found a road, which was less travelled,
With a faith of finding new hope;
But to my despair, I found barren mountains,
Trees cut from the valley to the top!!

©Mountain road


Thorny bushes, scanty greens,
With vultures hovering high;
I searched for a river stream to quench my thirst,
But Alas!! no sight of water, I sighed!!

©Thorny bushes in barren hills


Metalled road, scorching sun,
With dusty winds around;
High mountains with barren facets,
No life was around.

©Few trees left along mountain facets


Moved ahead, I saw a distant village,
Near the mountainside;
Few tall trees around the houses,
Will find some water, I thought!!

©Small village with few tree stands


Reached the village, found many cattles,
With few trees laden with dry grass;
Quenched my thirst and thanked the old village man,
And took some rest atlast!!

©Tree laden with fodder for cattles


Whose farming fields are these?
I asked the old village man,
He stared at me with prying eyes;
And replied after a short span.

©One mountain village, Uttarakhand


Forest fire engulfed all trees,
Forest don’t feed, said he;
Atleast the crop in the fields feed his family,
And support his family tree.

©Cattles in the village, Uttarakhand


One tree cut, saves a daughter’s marriage,
Helps clear his debts;
Gives fuel, gives fodder,
And also aids in cold winter days!!

©Mass wasting due to less tree cover, Uttarakhand


Engulfed in the cloud of thoughts,
I was wondering what our future will be;
What will happen to our generations,
What will be will be?

©Metamorphosed bedding planes


In dismay i thought, once forest gone,
Will take hundreds of years to replenish,
With water scarcity and rising temperatures;
Life will be difficult to flourish!!

©River running parallel to mountain road


With these thoughts I bid adieu,
And hastened my steps forward;
Found a ray of hope in the barren mountains,
And I thanked almighty for my journey so far!!

©River ridge, Uttarakhand


Thank you!!!


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Published by Dr. Chandrima Debi

Hi, I am Chandrima Debi. I am a Doctorate in Forestry and an independent researcher. Ever since childhood, I experienced deep-rooted connection with nature, forest and wildlife. I have written various research articles, case studies based on geology, forests, medicinal plants, biodiversity and conservation. Through this blog I share my experiences with nature and forests around us and aid towards the protection and conservation of biodiversity, wildlife and the values associated.

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