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Not too many tears, dear




Not too many tears
be ever shed for Nature
that dies

Not too many tears
trickle down from faces
not sky

Not too many tears
ever flood away
from smiling faces
in stores shopping

Not too many dry eyes see
there be fewer bees and
in the ending of the begin

They say not enough concrete
to cover all da prairie fields
but Mr.
Progress be working on it



Prairie Trillium Wildflower, Illinois. These low-ground plants grow very slowly and they take around 10 years to mature enough to flower. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2019

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  1. Man mow lawn what full of clover yesterday & report he not see 1 single bee. this not good report. ps. Man cut lawn high & clover not cut down.


  2. Often times we do not appreciate the things add to our Survival. Very inspirational, Tom.

    Okay, shedding tears for trees may seem a little bit wired Guess is a paradox then🤗😊


  3. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crimson trillium. Nice.

    PS. Nobody cares about what Mr. Progress does until human lives and properties are affected. Even then it’s seen as an “acceptable” cost. Tell that to the families of those who lost loved ones or were displaced due to the city councils and urban planners who approved inadequate drainage when Harvey devastated the Houston metroplex.


  4. Trilliums – I have not seen a picture of one in decades. I am Canadian, as you may know, and yesterday it was 53 years since we moved here to the States The Trillium is the official flower and emblem of Ontario, where I lived (Oakville, Ontario which was about 25 miles from Toronto). This wildflower is very pretty Tom. Like you, I am upset about what is happening to nature and our environment. The statistics are dire about this big warm-up in Alaska. The record-setting warmth will further harm the polar bears who struggle to find food as more and more ice flows are melting or shrinking. One day they will be extinct unless they are behind bars in a zoo. The pictures of the very thin and emaciated polar bears who cannot find food hurts my heart.


  5. I’ve never seen a trillium, but I’ve learned that they do grow in east Texas. Next spring maybe I can get a thrillium from a trillium!


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