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« on: Jun 07, 2010 08:45 AM »


Inspired during my morning interaction at the home garden, this is addressing the emotions of plants and their grievance about the indifference shown by modern man towards them. We only give them water and fertilizers and expect fruits out of them in haste without considering their emotional identity. And when they fail to bloom, we curse them and the climate change to justify our own indifference.

I heard the plants say in the morn
When approached I in the early dawn

“Who is this guest we have today?
Who has come to water us today?

We have not seen you of late
Your face no more in our fate

You complain we bear no fruits
You curse the skies and our roots

Those of your old ones
Gave us more than drops

They held us close to their hearts
They cared for us as their own kids

Our fruits were the gifts in their love
We had a share when they showed love

Today you give us empty feed
Not a word of love from you heard

The heart: we have it too
Ah! We have feelings true

But wait!

We now hear from you a name
Our fathers used to tell us the same

What are those soothing words
It’s music to our dancing souls

We heard the stars whispering
Nightingale with it murmuring

That name is crowned with Mim
We faint in joy hearing that name

The heart: Yes, we have it too
Ah! We have feelings true

Notes

Another poem of similiar message

You curse the skies and our roots: The climatic change and soil

We had a share when they showed love: natural plants and its derivatives were widely used as when expressing affection in olden times

Ah! We have feelings true : See notes below on the scientific basis of this argument

We heard the stars whispering: The Holy Prophet was sent as a Mercy to all worlds. His mission encompasses mercy for the animals, plants and all other creations of Allah. The Prophet taught his companions not to burn plants, or cut down trees even when they were on wars with the unbelievers.

Science

Researchers from Michigan State University have discovered that plants have a rudimentary nerve structure, which allows them to feel pain. According to the peer-reviewed journal Plant Physiology, plants are capable of identifying danger, signaling that danger to other plants and marshaling defenses against perceived threats. According to botanist Bill Williams of the Helvetica Institute, “plants not only seem to be aware and to feel pain, they can even communicate.” This research has prompted the Swiss government to pass the first-ever Plant Bill of Rights. It concludes that plants have moral and legal protections, and Swiss citizens have to treat them appropriately. The Penn State Vegetarians Club would do well to investigate this data before claiming to be superior to those of us who do not subscribe to the idea that eating meat is morally wrong. – Stephen Johnson, http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2008/12/09/recent_studies_have_proven_pla.aspx

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One of the first to research the concept was the Indian scientist Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose, who began to conduct experiments on plants in the year 1900. He found that every plant and every part of a plant appeared to have a sensitive nervous system and responded to shock by a spasm just as an animal muscle does. One visitor to his laboratory, the vegetarian playwright George Bernard Shaw, was intensely disturbed upon witnessing a demonstration in which a cabbage had violent convulsions as it boiled to death.[2] Bose found that the effect of manures, drugs, and poisons could be determined within minutes, providing plant control with a new precision. In addition, Bose found that plants grew more quickly amidst pleasant music and more slowly amidst loud noise or harsh sounds. He also claimed that plants can “feel pain, understand affection etc.,” from the analysis of the nature of variation of the cell membrane potential of plants, under different circumstances. According to him, a plant treated with care and affection gives out a different vibration compared to a plant subjected to torture http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plant_perception_(paranormal)

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