Camp Fires and Trees

Blogging U 101 – Blog from a new event. Today’s Author Just Keep Writing Prompt was the first two lines of this poem.


Camp Fires and Trees

They burned all the wood they had in the fire pit

And then started chopping down trees

Soon the forest was losing ground

Gone the home for the squirrels and bees

They moved their camp further in

Seeking shelter within the woodland

The trees they chopped left them exposed

Now safe again in this lush, good land

Time passed by and fires were made

Trees were chopped, their stumps displayed

Squirrels in trees no longer played

Birds searched branches, now entirely flayed

Soon the camp was not enough

They decided to build a wood home

Trees by the dozen were ripped of life

Gone the trees’ canopy dome

A city was built where trees once stood

Concrete towers instead of wood

Birds nest in soffits and wherever they could

The forest now gone, and all of its good

Soon people thought of the smog and dirt

Angry with all the pollution

Seeing the cost of erasing nature

Searching to find a solution

So many animals now forever gone

We try to save, but we carry on

From the smallest ant to the baby fawn

The lakes too filthy for the gleaming swan

From one little campfire to such harsh gloom

Building cities; so much construction

We now have our safety of shelter and home

But nature has suffered destruction

20 Comments on “Camp Fires and Trees

  1. I am not a big poetry reader but started to read your poem and was compelled to keep going. Beautifully laid out poem, well thought out and said so eloquently. Parfait!


    • Thank you so very much. I struggled with having to partake in another event as I like the ones that I do. The first two lines of the poem were the prompt.. the rest just wrote itself (as usually happens for me).
      I so appreciate that you kept going and that you commented on it. It means a lot to me.


  2. A beautifully illustrating poem for a harsh truth. You explained well, the evolution vs the destruction.
    Thanks for sharing this.


    • Thank you for your encouragement and kind words. I found the story just wrote itself and I liked the result. 🙂
      Have a great day,


  3. Well done! We did have very different approaches to the prompt, which is the wonderful thing about writing — we’re all different snowflakes. 🙂 I always marvel at the ability to write rhyming poetry. And you’ve done so in such a loving way.


    • Thank you so very much for your kind words and encouragement. I love also to see how people see a few words so very differently. Yours carried me to a different place, which is such a wonderful talent (that I don’t at all have), and left me wanting to read more.
      I so appreciate your kind compliments.

      Liked by 1 person

      • You do have a talent for taking readers to another place — don’t sell yourself short! That’s what writing is all about. You do it just by putting words on the page.


        • 🙂 Thank you, I guess poetry is that as well.. my talent, I meant, is not in writing fiction as you can. I can only write fiction in a more lyrical, rhythmic way. But you are right, it is a story, just the same – thank you for pointing that out 🙂


  4. Hi easter ellen,

    You are so talented. What a great poem. It rhymes well and the poem itself is good. I wish one day could live in the forest. Close to nature. We are lucky we have brains, imagine if we were animals and they were humans. We would know what it means to lose home. thanks for such a wonderful share of poetry 🙂


    • Thank you so very, very much for the kind encouragement and the time to give me this wonderful (and very appreciated) compliment.
      I, too wish that I could live closer to nature – not the forest, but perhaps the more rural areas of Ontario. I am too close to the city with endless pavement and box-shaped homes, towering apartments, etc.
      Poor little animals. My heart really felt for them as I wrote that poem.
      Thanks again and blessing,


I love and appreciate feedback. Feel free to let me know what you think. Bless you lots, Easter Ellen

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