Tuesday, January 8, 2013

If a Tree (published in A New Ulster October Issue 85 October 2019)

If a tree falls in a forest, and no person had heard it, does it make a sound?
If a tree falls in a forest and no one heard it, would the fallen tree mind?
Would the nesting bird, seeing her offspring prematurely take flight?
Would the shrubbery beneath, burdened by the trunk’s weight?
Would the tree’s beetles, quickening away in a frenzy?
Would the alarmed herd of deer grazing nearby?
Or the brook, its serenity now disturbed?
And the beaver, its lodge upset?
And the sky above?
Would the sun?
The moon?


  1. I used to be obsessed with this question when I was younger. Great post.

  2. Thanks! I was always on the side of the trees, whenever I heard this philosophical question :)

  3. When a tree falls in a forest the whole of nature reverberates and knows the circle of life is about to start again.