Apokiliptikas World DOOMinatation is not is all splendour and glory. Think about the next generation, is DOOM what you really want...
No Ordinary Sun
Tree let your arms fall:
raise them not sharply in supplication
to the bright enhaloed cloud.
Let your arms lack toughness and
resilience for this is no mere axe
to blunt nor fire to smother.
Your sap shall not rise again
to the moonâ€™s pull.
No more incline a deferential head
to the windâ€™s talk, or stir
to the tickle of coursing rain.
Your former shagginess shall not be
wreathed with the delightful flight
of birds nor shield
nor cool the ardour of unheeding
lovers from the monstrous sun.
Tree let your naked arms fall
nor extend vain entreaties to the radiant ball.
This is no gallant monsoonâ€™s flash,
no dashing trade windâ€™s blast.
The fading green of your magic
emanations shall not make pure again
these polluted skies . . . for this
is no ordinary sun.
in the shadowless mountains
the white plains and
the drab sea floor
your end at last is written.
Written by Hone Tuwhare (my grandafather, well known NZ poet)
This is of cousre keeping in the theme of green man - "In No Ordinary Sun, a tree is a symbol for nature. The tree will suffer the effects of a nuclear catastrophe, perhaps mankind?s most devastating intrusion into the natural world, and the ?resilience? the tree once was able to exert against forces of destruction, would not be enough, ?for this is no ordinary sun?. Tuwhare compares the effects of a nuclear disaster to the situations the tree once had to face. He uses this comparison to emphasize the harsh effects of nuclear fallout on nature. The tree could once ?blunt? an axe, or ?smother? a fire, but now, its ?former shagginess shall not be wreathed with the delightful flight of birds?. Tuwhare also links the tree to its importance to humans in using a seemingly insignificant image of lovers shielding from the ?monstrous sun? under the tree?s arms."
...with the beast.