Tree Poems from Somalia
These poems were written by people who work with the Horn Relief Bander Beylašs Solar Cooker Project. Such poems are indeed precious and powerful as they describe the importance of trees for a better environment for war-torn Somalia. The poems call for reduction in charcoal burning and charcoal production and for the protection of Somaliašs fragile environment.
We welcome your comments and your poems, in English and Somali. Please send poems to email@example.com. We will try to post some of them on the Sun Fire Cooking website, sunfirecooking.com.
I looked and I looked,
all I see is you being destroyed,
cut, burnt by people.
I cannot imagine life without you.
You shelter me, feed me
I thank you for that.
Trees, our trees,
Oh my people, save our trees
and use solar cookers instead.
Let our trees grow and be free
from charcoal makers and buyers
so that we can live a secure life.
by Shukria Dini
Tree in the Wind
A tree stands firm in the wind
Its roots grip the Somali soil
and holds together the source of pastoral life.
by Jim Lindsay, Bosaso, Somalia, 13 November 2005
Shade in the hot, hot sun
Shelter for me and for birds.
Protection for soil.
Space for life..
Trees for all.
by Pamela Collett,
inspired by the world first, Somalia leads the way,
Horn Relief and Sun Fire Cooking's Bender Bayla Solar Villages Project
13 November 2005, Bosaso, Somalia
I give you shade
I provide fodder for your animals
I hold the soil so grass can grow
When I die I will give you fuel
Oh, charcoal cutter, why do you kill me so young.
The trees are cut down
The land is devastated
The people are in mourning.
The youth are in despair
Where is our future?
Where are our trees?
Pamela Collett, 15 November 2005, Bosaso Somalia
Blue Sky Above
Why so much killing?
Why so much violence?
When the sky is so blue.
O, Somalis, look up.
by Pamela Collett
November 22 2005, on the road to Bender Bayla from Bosaso
Whitecaps on a turquoise sea
Rolling waves rushing to silver sand
Golden cliffs climbing high
Squeezed between is Bender Bayla
Living by the sea
Dying by the sea.
by Jim Lindsay, in Bender Bayla, Somalia, 24 November 2005