Forests

Forests

Transpiring Forests seed the clouds

so droplets will condense

this helps increase the fall of rain

thus forest growth is dense

Trees intercept the fall of rain

Their leaves direct the flows

of runoff onto stem and branch

then down the trunk it goes

Into a net of matted roots

where biomass is held

Absorbed into this forest sponge

the flow substantially quelled

This forest lake is slow-released

so rivers run all year

While nutrients are filtered out

and creeks stay crystal clear

Ants and worms and beetles

are ceaseless in their toil

making holes in the forest floor

helps aerate the soil

And then those little creatures

have further useful roles

They enrich the soil by dragging

leaves into their holes

Bacteria then take over

The leaves become compost

to feed the roots of forest plants

no waste and nothing lost

Biomass is made from

leaves that have composted

Dropped from above for roots below

forest growth is fostered

Roots release solutions

that stimulates production

of nutrients which the tree

takes in by induction

When leaves are shone on by the sun

as air is taken in

carbon-dioxide splits apart

to carbon and oxygen

Trees ingests the carbon

and turn it into wood

Taking out the CO2

does the planet good

The oxygen is given back

replenishing the air

so animals can stay alive

and breathe without a care

All animal life needs oxygen

including you and me

the carbon dioxide we exhale

recycles to the tree

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