An Ode to Shisham (Dalbergia sissoo) Die-back Disease

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AN ODE TO SHISHAM

By: M.I. Sheikh
SHISHAM THE GRAND OLD TREE OF PAKISTAN
PROSPERED FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS
A PARAGON AMONGST ITS CLAN
FOR ITS FUTURE WE HAD NO YEARS
 
BEHOLD! IT HAS BEEN AFFLICTED
WITH A DISEASE OF WHICH NON IS SURE
ITS PLANTING WILL HAVE TO BE RESTRICTED
AS THERE IS NO IMMEDIATE CURE
 
THE RICH AND THE POOR HAVE EQUALLY BEEN BLESSED
WITH ITS TIMBER, FODDER, AND FUEL
SHALL IT NOW LEAVE US DISTRESSED
HOW A BENEFACTOR COULD BE SO CRUEL
 
WE SHALL NOT ALLOW IT TO DISAPPEAR
FROM THE LANDSCAPE IN AN INSTANT
BUT THE MESSAGE IS LOUD AND CLEAR
PLANT TREES WHICH ARE RESISTANT
 
RESEARCHERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO STRIVE
THERE IS NO CAUSE FOR DESPAIR
SHISHAM WILL ULTIMATELY SURVIVE
OUR SCIENTISTS POSSESS THAT FLAIR


Naeem Javid Muhammad Hassani is working as Conservator of Forests in Balochistan Forest & Wildlife Department (BFWD). He is the CEO of Tech Urdu (techurdu.net) Forestrypedia (forestrypedia.com), All Pak Notifications (allpaknotifications.com), Essayspedia, etc & their YouTube Channels). He is an Environmentalist, Blogger, YouTuber, Developer & Vlogger.

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