“On killing a tree” is written by Gieve Patel. It tells
us that only cutting the branches or cutting its stem is not enough to kill a
tree. The branches and leaves will grow again. We need to cut out the root and
dry it in the sun so that it is destroyed.
highlights a lot of morals. Firstly, it displays the destructive nature of
humans. Secondly, it shows that Mother Nature is inevitable and cannot be
easily destroyed. Thirdly, the tree is a symbol of mankind. It says that human
life is not so easy to end. If we cut the fingers or the skin, then we do not
die. It is the heart that should be cut-out. This is the main theme of the
The poem is very
short. But it slashes out scar in our minds.