trees at sunset

The Man Who Couldn’t See Trees


There’s a Plague on, my Friends,

oh a Ghastly Disease,

that threatens to bring

the whole World to its knees!

Dont Panic! Don’t Laugh!

This isn’t a Tease,

there are People, I’ve learned,

who cannot see Trees!


My Neighbour, it seems,

is alas one of these,

try as he might

he just can’t see Trees.

Like Mister Magoo,

the man’s a blind Fool,

all he can see

are leaves in the pool,

and gutters he also sees

chock full of leaves,

and pollen that aggravates

his Allergies.


He can see in the Future

branches that fall

to crush cars and children

and that is not all!

With his X-ray vision

he sees roots in the drains,

and undermining the foundations

of his suburban domain.

He sees poisonous berries

that splatter and stain,

but there’s still the one blind spot

that flaw in his brain;

he can’t recognise Trees

in any terrain.


Take him out to the Forest,

the problem remains,

he may as well be

in some vast, empty plane.

Surround him with Trees!

The answer is still,

he can’t see the wood

for the Papermill.

He sees chipboard and paper

and plywood as well,

but he can’t see the tree stumps

that line the Highway to Hell.


Put him in a garden,

some green Sylvan glade,

he’ll just bitch about spiders

that lurk in the shade.

Mighty Redwoods before him

that glisten with the dew?

He’d only bemoan

that there wasn’t “a View”.


So go laugh at those men

blind to Trees but not Money,

till we run out of Oxygen,

then it won’t seem so funny.

owl babies on tree at sunset

The Cat in the Hat shows the way forward

The Cat in the Hat shows the way forward


joy joy


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The Reverend Hellfire is a practised Performance Poet,

President of the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity Inc.,

and an ordained Minister of the Church of the Universe AND

the Church of Spiritual Humanism.

He also desperately needs a new car. Well..newer at least.



~ by reverendhellfire on January 10, 2016.


  1. Wonderful poem, so true. there are many such men indeed.

  2. Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:

  3. Not an environmentalist but loved your poem!

  4. […] Source: THE MAN WHO COULDN’T SEE TREES […]

  5. Thank you Rev, I understand.

  6. Trees Rule OK?!??!! 😀

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