The glass of water sat on a high shelf.

Some of the gallery visitors wondered if it was half-full or half-empty, contemplating their lives accordingly. Others said it represented third world drought or marine abundance. Eventually someone bothered to read the title on the plaque, and announced it was an oak tree. The others laughed derisively at the idea.

A tall gangly youth, suffering from thirst in the heat of the summer’s day, reached up and drank the water before being roughly ejected from the premises. Just then, in a distant country, an oak tree withered and died.

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
5 months ago

I love this story, Susan. Like the art exhibit, you’ve said so much by inference. Coincidentally, I read an article just this afternoon that said scientists have now proven that trees increase rainfall. I think we always knew this, but now it’s a proven scientific fact. The two are inseparable, and both essential. Thank you for this beautiful story.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
5 months ago

What a moving story Susan. Good work.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
5 months ago

What a heartfelt read, Susan. There is the sentimental value of water and tree. And it has so many layers in just a few words. Nice work.

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anindita saha
anindita saha(@anindita-saha)
4 months ago

Good one….. If such a dream could become a reality ❤

Juma
Juma(@juma)
4 months ago

Such an interesting, original story, Susan. So much symbolism, so much left unsaid. I take it that this was based on a real art exhibition. Today’s artists are in the forefront of looking at our world in a new way, hopefully a healthier, healing way. Great story!

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
4 months ago

This is a great story, Susan, with so many aspects and messages to the reader. You can read it as a scientific, biological, artistic or spiritual text. And, not least, there is a good sense of humor in it too!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
4 months ago

Congratulations, Susan. Well done 🙂

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Voice-Team
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4 months ago

A twist on the half-full, half-empty cliché with a very sad surprise ending. In addition to all the other symbolism, could the ending be a comment on the blind nonchalance of youth?  

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
4 months ago

Congratulations, Susan!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
4 months ago

Congratulation, Susan.

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
3 months ago

Congratulations, Susan!

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