Sunday Dinner: The Known


“Do you know that even when you look at a tree and say,

`That is an oak tree’, or `that is a banyan tree’,

the naming of the tree, which is botanical knowledge,

has so conditioned your mind

that the word comes between you and actually seeing the tree?

To come in contact with the tree

you have to put your hand on it

and the word will not help you to touch it.”


Jiddu Krishnamurti



“Their life is mysterious,

it is like a forest; from far off it seems a unity,

it can be comprehended, described,

but closer it begins to separate, to break into light and shadow,

the density blinds one.

Within there is no form, only prodigious detail

that reaches everywhere: exotic sounds, spills of sunlight,

foliage, fallen trees, small beasts that flee at the sound of a twig-snap,

insects, silence, flowers. And all of this, dependent, closely woven,

all of it is deceiving.

There are really two kinds of life.

There is, as Viri says, the one people believe you are living,

and there is the other.

It is this other which causes the trouble,

this other we long to see.”


James Salter



“I’m planting a tree

to teach me to gather strength

from my deepest roots.”


Andrea Koehle Jones



“In a forest of a hundred thousand trees, no two leaves are alike.

And no two journeys along the same path are alike.”

  Paulo Coelho


Flowering Dogwood, Cornus florida


Photos by Woodland Gnome 2020



“Trees, for example, carry the memory of rainfall.

In their rings we read ancient weather—

storms, sunlight, and temperatures,

the growing seasons of centuries.

A forest shares a history, which each tree remembers

even after it has been felled.”


Anne Michaels




About woodlandgnome

Lifelong teacher and gardener.

5 responses to “Sunday Dinner: The Known

  1. I love trees. I have scant knowledge of botany and know only the names of common trees like the Maple. I love your photographs and the poetry you posted with them. Just wonderful stuff!

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