Place a Mirror by a Tree

Felix Dennis
March 26, 2001
M42 motorway

Place a mirror by a tree;
Tell me now, what do you see?

Which of you will feed the earth?
Which of you contains more worth?

Which of you with sheltering arm
Keeps a thousand things from harm?

Which of you is nature’s bane?
Which is Abel? Which is Cain?

Which of you is God’s delight?
Which of you a parasite?

Place a mirror by a tree;
Tell me now — what do you see?

Composed en route to a ceremony at Catton Hall, South Derbyshire, marking the planting of the four-millionth tree at The National Forest.