If a tree falls

in the forest,
does writing exist?

If a sentence is written
but not in my language, does it

exist? Do I exist if the tree
peels back strip after strip

to translate a story
different from mine?

If a child washes up
on a beach, does mercy

exist or does it require
his water-logged sweater

to be any color
other than red,

does it require
the shoe missing

from his foot
to first be found?

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