Modest Proposal No. 1

Alley in the Shaughnessy Village

I love this tree. Not this type of tree, this one in particular. Look how it stands. Look how it twists and bends. Look how it manages to provide such a dramatic canopy, so much clean leafy goodness at the end of this ‘figura serpentinata’ trunk. Look at how little ground area it actually takes up.

I’m not a fan of cemeteries – they’ve always seemed useless to me. Not to mention that we here in Montréal could have a Mount-Royal Park at double its current size if we made like 1854 and started exhuming the bodies. So I asked myself – where are the points of intersection here?

Blamo – dedicate trees to people. Replace tombstones with fancy plaques which will eventually become completely absorbed by the trunk of the tree (plus, by the time this happens, everyone you used to know will also be long gone, so no harm, no foul). Either way, we need to get rid of cemeteries, and I really can’t imagine a better way to commemorate someone’s living spirit than by gifting future generations a better environment.

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