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Upon Seeing a Tree on a New York Street Corner

An artist will try to capture its shape and copy it in his brain
A naturalist will examine the birds, insects and fungi that symbiotically live with it
A scholar of evolution will collect its DNA and find its place on the genealogical tree
A mathematician will attempt to solve the algorithm of the division of branches versus leaves and write down the formula
A clergyman will look to see God's design and grace in the tree
A shaman will try to feel the tree's vibrations and will see their correspondence with the universe
A pharmacologist will work to extract the antibacterial chemicals from the tree
An ecologist will measure the tree's nitrogen and carbon dioxide fixation capacity

Rather than thinking about all these things, I simply gaze at the tree in admiration

© 2001 Ryuichi Sakamoto

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