tree rings

Felled branches like a giants bleached bones lie under the dead trees trunk. I make rubbings from the ends of the branches trying to trace the rings that tell how long the tree lived, the physical marks that tell the trIMG_2589ee’s story. But the information is fragmentary and incomplete as the wood is decomposing. Perhaps when a tree is first felled you can hold your ear to the trunk and hear the sounds trapped in the tree grooves hundreds of years ago escaping. I think of the 19th inventor who first captured sound waves with a stylus tracing lines on a turning cylinder who had no means of playing back the sound until 21st century technology released the trapped sound nearly 150 years later.

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