Physics Lecture

By David Henson

Let’s take trees, for example.

Books are written on trees.
Music is played on trees.

Trees die hard and shake the earth
when they fall.

Yet what are they primarily?

Look at a tree.

Is it bark, branches, a trunk?
Cellulose, chlorophyll and water?
Molecules and atoms?
Protons, neutrons and whirling
electrons?
No.

Like everything,
trees are primarily space. Empty
space.

The same kind of space so empty
the stars can’t fill it.
A vacuum that can’t even carry the sound
of a scream.

That’s what trees are.

Tomorrow we’ll take a closer look at birds.

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“I write for the fun and to fulfill a need to create.” – the writer

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