Scents of Eucalyptus #writephoto #TankaTales

Here Lies Old Kaka!
Pinned upon these walls,
Of they who wrought her demise.

In years gone by
The scents of Eucalyptus would summon me
How tall Old Kaka was,
How vast her family.
In this valley,
An alcove of nature bloomed
Beautiful and unclaimed
For Each, and for All
But now, no more

Beneath Kaka’s shade
Amidst the hanging flora
Pike Pond resided
Oh, the laughter by its banks!
And that moonlit orchid dance

A memory now lamented

Critters in the grass
Hoppers and Crawlers alike
A Lone child in awe
Of the Twilit firefly glee
And Jane, the ladybug queen

Beauty and life our children will never see

Oh breath of nature
The scents of Eucalyptus
Fragrances unknown
This barren breeze reminds me
Of a life that used to be

Nature destroyed, with no one to atone.

To the greedy who destroy
I have much to say
But for us to find a way,
I will share my dismay;

Here lies Old Kaka
Here lies Pike Pond
Here, the ladybug died
Here, the fireflies fled
Here; the laughter is no more!

Β© judeitakali


“Goodbye Old Kaka,
Your Eucalyptus dreams,
And the eco-world you gifted me.”

I am bitterly mourning the loss of the last oasis of nature in my hometown,
Now a construction site.

We are all appointed to fight in whichever lawful way we can,
To have stricter laws protecting nature,
And criminal sentences, for those who flaunt the rules.

Sue’s writephoto image prompt – ‘appointed’.

#SaveatreePlantatree

41 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Ah, so very sad, Jude. When we turn our backs on Nature’s plight, we lose more than laughter.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you Sue, we indeed lose so much more. I wanted this to touch those who don’t think too much about the future of the planet. At least they can think about the little things our children and grandchildren might never grow up with.

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      1. Sue Vincent says:

        I remember being read a story about teh last tree when I was a child… the last tree, with the last rabbit… Over half a century later, I never forgot that tale or how it moved me. You never know how your words may change a life…or the course of history, Jude.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        I always think if I can move atleast one person, it’s a good start πŸ•ŠοΈ

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      3. Sue Vincent says:

        It is all it takes sometimes πŸ™‚

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  2. Sadje says:

    Such a poignant tale on the prompt.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you very much Sadje

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome πŸ˜‡

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  3. Ingrid says:

    I am so sorry to learn of this. We must continue to fight, before we destroy the whole earth! Beautiful earth-song 🌍

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I definitely agree🧑🍁

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  4. You got it right with the word “greedy”. As long as we have that running the world it will be hard to get things on the right track. Thoughtful post!

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Benjamin. Yes indeed

      Like

  5. Jules says:

    It is very sad to see so much natural space diminish. I do take some joy though when I read that our local farmland trust has saved more acres. Which is mostly run by volunteers seeking donations to buy the land. But it shouldn’t have to be that way. Green spaces should be planned into every area. And the last of a thing should be preserved and saved.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Jules. It’s beautiful what you’re doing there.
      If I had my way, I’d tell each plot depending on size to have at least two trees in it. The bigger, the more trees.

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  6. ecopoet says:

    Words of reflection- nature needs or protection. Thank you -Eco 🌿

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Eco. I’m glad you found thisπŸ§‘πŸ•ŠοΈ

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  7. Chris Hall says:

    Will humanity ever learn?

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    1. judeitakali says:

      We will, but I hope it won’t be too late.

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      1. Chris Hall says:

        Yes, let’s hope so.

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  8. I am really sorry to learn the last natural place in your town is now a construction site, Jude. People can be very short sighted in their search for profits. A fitting poem.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you for the sympathy, I actually need it😌
      Thank you for appreciating as well.

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      1. It is very sad when nature and beautiful places are destroyed, Jude. We have this in South Africa too.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

        Like

  9. memadtwo says:

    I’m so sorry Jude. That is a great loss not just for your town, but for the world. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you KπŸ•ŠοΈπŸ§‘

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  10. -Eugenia says:

    I am sorry to hear this, Jude. Seems common sense is a lost art and greed has spread its evil wherever it can. I was born in Florida and the beautiful white beaches are now covered with high rises and they wonder why there is so much beach erosion. Nature has karma and will win in the end.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yes alas, unfortunately or fortunately, you are right.

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        πŸ˜‰

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  11. Elizabeth says:

    Oh! this is so sad! People don’t have a limit, they want to destroy everything! So sorry that you’ve lost this sacred space.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for understanding 🧑

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  12. mariamichaela says:

    If only more of us learn to work WITH nature rather than sacrifice or destroy it, we’d have a better place. Sorry to hear about this Jude.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Michaela 🌷🧑

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  13. JoAnn says:

    What kind of world would we have without nature??

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I know rightπŸ™πŸΎπŸ•ŠοΈ

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  14. sammicakes says:

    This is such a beautiful and personal piece, I’m so distraught to hear that they removed this gem 😦

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Sammi, for the appreciation and sympathy

      Like

  15. Winfred says:

    I understand ur concern, it exactly how I felt on the Bugema issue and sugarcane growing in the albertine region. It’s heartbreaking

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m so glad you understand. With more voices maybe we can do something.

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