A Myth in which Humans are Changed into Trees
Keely Garfield describes a myth in which humans are changed into trees:
“The inhabitants of ‘Twin Pines’ wrangle through twisted branches of human ecology, foraging a middle path around root causes of desire and dread. Seedling thoughts grow into monstrous reflections and are cut down to size. Like a tree entrenched in earth, ‘Twin Pines’ strives toward heaven with overarching limbs trembling for contact.” (from today’s NY Times 1/13/12, p. C19)
How do you like that for an extended metaphor!?
Josh tells me that we are all exaggerated trees. But we synthesize photos while trees do photosynthesis and we inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, while trees use carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Now that’s a difference!