02 November 2014

The Big Erase

It wasn't just our tree.

We are his neighbors to the west. He also stripped the trees on the eastern border of his property. Now, from either side, his neighbors have a clear view of his house. I am sitting on the back porch. I can look into the windows of his house. Probably his eastern neighbor has an equally clear view into the house as well.

The other thing I notice is that he has created an ecological dead zone:  the squirrels and blue jays and raccoons and cats and robins and crows and spiders and tree frogs are gone. These are just the creatures I'm acquainted with for whom a "there" has disappeared.

It is the story of Civilization, writ small and close.