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!!
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!!
Metalled road, scorching sun,
With dusty winds around;
High mountains with barren facets,
No life was around.
Moved ahead, I saw a distant village,
Near the mountainside;
Few tall trees around the houses,
Will find some water, I thought!!
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!!
Whose farming fields are these?
I asked the old village man,
He stared at me with prying eyes;
And replied after a short span.
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.
One tree cut, saves a daughter’s marriage,
Helps clear his debts;
Gives fuel, gives fodder,
And also aids in cold winter days!!
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?
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!!
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!!
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