Song of Trees
I can’t sleep to forget this box I’m in. I slide open the lid quietly to witness these ants carry off the fattest death as they march past on the slick floor each day. There are skinnier deaths waiting in your cell before the firing squad. Ants march in single file while prisoners walk the wrong way into history. But who writes history and the traffic laws? “No one can build a tree,” says my 9-year-old daughter as we’re sitting in the shade of a great oak. You can build a house loftier than ambitions. You can construct a theater to screen the latest illusion. You can raise a levee to prevent greater indignation. You can assemble a regime solely out of crooks. You can make an asylum to house a whole a society. You can even create darkness with invisible bricks and stones. But you can’t build a tree. A tree springs from its favorite soil. A tree sheds its leaves according to seasons. A tree may bear fruit or choose not to. A tree will fast when the sun is too violent. A tree will fall down honorably in the end. No one can build a tree, You can’t plant a person. We are freedom’s chlorophyll!