Mind ( a haibun)

by Ronald A Pavellas

“Are you out of your mind?”

“Do you mind if I… ?”
“Go right ahead, I don’t mind”.

“Mind the Gap!”

“Out of sight, out of mind”.

So, where is the mind?
It has not been located,
Not by philosophers, psychologists, physicians,
Or any other ‘P’ for person.

Assuming that what humans call a mind really exists, I ask:

“Does a tree also have a mind?”

As Eva and I walked the short distance through some woods, from our communal garden plot to our apartment, Eva told me of the subterranean relationship among the roots of trees and the mycelium of fungi—we see their fruiting bodies as mushrooms above the ground.

I have learned elsewhere of the beneficial relationship between some treess and some kinds of ants. Eva and I have seen great ant mounds next to certain conifers in the forests of northern Sweden.

We know of certain microorganisms and multi-celled beings, even worms, which inhabit our bodies to our benefit, or at least not to our detriment.

Where does the human body begin and end?

Where does a tree begin and end?

The mind lives beyond
And among all the bodies
Which each seems a ‘self’


Posted on 09/11/2011
Copyright © 2019 Ronald A Pavellas

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 09/11/11 at 07:49 PM

Great, wild, abstract free-falling. This thing moves faster than the best of us can keep up with, which makes for a great read. Loved it.

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