A Forest in the Tree

Photo by Jason Weaver

Photo by Jason Weaver

Let me share with you some news
that I recently acquired
through the internetted, interconnected
world wired web
about what some scientists have discovered
below the cover of forest floor.

It seems that trees, long thought to be
these lone survivors-of-the-fittest,
in fact assist each other with nutrients
through an interconnected, internetted
bed of fungi and roots, much like neurons in a brain
they communicate with chemical exchange.

In other words, they speak.

Indeed, they speak a type of interspecies trees-ese
since an ecosystem with structured biodiversity
brings, among other things, resilience
so that a forest can survive despite fire and drought,
despite insects, wind and disease–
–but not logging.

You see, and it is this point I found most profound,
the largest, oldest, and most interactive trees,
those with the most complex systemic memories
act as generational elders, so that
as they age and degrade, they release their entirety
until eventually, at last, they collapse back to earth.

Imagine that,
a forest in the tree.

by Jason Weaver, 2014
The photo was taken at the National Park in Teresópolis, RJ, Brasil. I give full credit to the video “Do Trees Communicate?” by Professor Suzanne Simard, found on YouTube for teaching me such a beautiful reality of our world.
http://youtu.be/iSGPNm3bFmQ

The poem was written for and is dedicated to the students in my Conversational English class.