The poem “Lost Brother” by Stanley Moss is about the juxtaposition of the human race and nature, and reveals that even with varied traits and genes/cells, we are all bonded with life.
The speaker in the poem is an individual who identifies them self with nature such as an environmentalist. An individual who looks to protect the land, even after “four thousand eight hundred sixty- two years,” though once destroyed they are emotionally “pained.” The diction provided implores the identity of the speaker being contrasted with that of trees, such as “our mother”, implicating they are of the same being. The speaker is addressing other environmentalist with the purpose of imploring them to enjoy the nature around them before the land and they too are “cut down” by a “bag of wind”. This implicates a theme of life, in the sense of living life to the fullest before it is too late.
The tone of the poem shifts from mournful of the tree’s death to reflective of its life in the sixth line when the narrator evokes that he “saw his photograph” and then begins to juxtapose them self to the “evergreen” tree which was “a bristlecone” like the speaker. The narrator then turns benevolent towards the character of the tree as the speaker evokes that it had “lived…with a certain amount of dieback” which implicates the speaker had idolized the evergreen “from an early age”. This poem serves as a eulogy for a tree and nature itself as it is being cut down and we are losing our “lost brothers”. The narrator evokes that