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A Tree                                                                                                                     or, History

“Trees are just an entrée into your philosophy of self”–Casey Dyson

 

If a tree

falls

in a forest

and

no one is there to hear it,

does it make a sound?

 

If a tree falls in a forest

and

no one is a witness,

does it fall?

 

If a tree falls with no witness,

did it not grow sideways, then die?

 

A tree lies sideways,

has no leaves

grows moss

and

lichen

is it alive?

 

A tree falls in a forest

and

no iPhone photographs it

does it make a sound?

 

A tree falls in a forest

and

there are no Facebook posts

did it really fall?

did it live at all?

 

A tree is felled in a forest

when a lumberjack chops

through the tree’s round calendar

does time make a sound?

 

A tree falls in a forest

its cross-

section

recalls its age, history’s wrinkles,

but

phones are on airplane mode

Does anyone hear the rings?

 

Trees felled in a forest

by a falling airplane

one hundred percent casualty rate

can you hear the Hail Marys?

 

are they for the fallen?

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