Nikole writes:Throughout the ages, humans have had an intimate relationship with trees. The tiny acorn that holds the promise of a great oak engenders awe. The tree protects, shelters, inspires. In fairy tales, trees may communicate with humans. A new book, "The Hidden Life of Trees" by Peter Wohlleben, suggests that the life and community of a tree might mirror our own; that trees have a kind of sentient character. Is it far fetched? We are already acknowledging that we have a lot in common with other mammals. The tossed pebble does have a ripple effect.

Three from "Extracts of Existence" -- questions and answers --

TREE

By William Markiewicz

Who am I?
Where do I come from?
Why am I here?
Where do I go?



What are you doing, tree? -- I'm performing an act of eternal presence, like ghosts.


Thus speaks the tree:

I am a suspended meadow, a hand that earth extends to the sky. I am a bouquet
the Earth offers to the sun. I am the living part of the landscape,
witness to the place. I am the beginning and the end, a sense in myself.
I am existence. If God exists, I am one.

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