In summer 2018 we put a call out for Berlin fiction writers and poets to produce 150-word pieces about plants found on the banks of the Landwehr Canal. Angles artist Charys Wilson did water color paintings of a handful of trees along the canal—tagged by number by the city—which we then assigned to the Berlin-based writers who reached out. See what these writers produced below (to be updated weekly).
I am in your world now.
My rules don’t apply here.
My spirit is aching to reject this new space.
An undercurrent of beauty keeps me on your shores.
I use your strength to keep it from pulling.
I feel your connection with this place.
I want to talk with you but we speak in foreign tongues.
The more time I spend here,
the less intrusive I feel.
I am moulding and growing myself in your image.
Studying your slow, soft reactions to the breeze.
Warmth is filling my body, my fear is almost gone.
My mind is changing, now there is courage.
I look at you, ethereal, and wish to belong.
I live here now.
Your rules are my rules.
I feel a connection now with the ground.
Interwoven with you as the Sun raises us.
There is no rush anymore, I am accustomed to silence.
Then my bliss is broken by a beautiful sound.
“It’s wonderful that you’re here”.
– David McIntyre
Tree #55 or buddha had a tree