A Counsel of Trees

Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky,
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.~Kahlil Gibran


Brilliant Trees (David Sylvian)


  1. this view of light,
    these arms of trees...
    take me effortlessly

  2. I've never seen the Gibran quote before. Is it true that trees are killed merely to show emptiness? If so, I'll convert to IBook or Kindle, though I've been adamantly opposed because I think they'll kill books. . . the treasures with weight and heft and papery smell, pages you can turn, a right and left page where you can write notes in the margin if you're so inclined.

  3. Perhaps Gibran is talking about the deep and profound connection between earth and sky, a spiritual connection that does not require that something lasting be inscribed. It is just there, available for all. When we cut down trees, we destroy what is beautiful and natural and adds to our own connection with soul. We turn them into paper to record those feelings of loss we might not have had, had we not felled the trees to begin with. That is my take on his quotation. I like books as well, but trees are more important to the environment. I use a kindle on my PC now and can take notes in the margins just fine. It is a wonderful device. I do miss the pages though.


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