Food for Thought-Does Wood Grow on Serbian Trees? (The Sixth Letter)

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29 April 1957
Belgrade, The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Between Receiving the Post and the First Shades of Dusk In the West

Dilectissime amicus*,

Grato animo accepi salutaiones tuas et vota tua!* I look forward to them each day. Do you think the English Earl* knows how much I enjoy his creation? While I know you are partial to the coffee prepared by the blind Turk would you grant me a moment with my English tea? The cup, called a saucer, opens to the world like an ever-blooming Easter flower. It is within this Lilly, that skilled artisans place a finely mixed ratio of water; water that has been allowed to bathe in the leaves of exotic Ceylon. Only then may it be sipped and enjoyed at the right time of day. Allow me to ask, can there be a wrong time of day?

As we sought the bird, in this place, on the day, I remember one question coming to mind. Does wood grow on trees? When the sun light fades on the south side of the Sava*, would the Picus Viridius* possess the ability to make sound at all? In the woodless forests of Umka*, would there be a sound, if there was no wood upon the trees for the bird to call home? These, I admit, are deeply distressing thoughts.
The rustling of your trouser legs may have indeed masked the much greater reality: woodless trees. The rules of physics and acoustics, written for a world where trees possess wood, offer little succor for our attempts to isolate the occasional chirp of an unseen bird.

It seems our questions only grow deeper. Faciendo veritatem quam iam scimus, in veritatem quam adhuc ignoramus progrediamur. Tunc procul dubio unum erimus: veritas enim una.*

Your friend,

M

Dilectissime amicus* Latin Dear Friend
Grato animo accepi salutaiones tuas et vota tua* Latin Thank you for your salutations and good wishes
English Earl*  Earl Grey
River Sava*  the River that runs south and west from Belgrade
Picus Viridus* Common European Woodpecker
Umka* A city southwest of Belgrade along the Sava River
Faciendo veritatem quam iam scimus, in veritatem quam adhuc ignoramus progrediamur. Tunc procul dubio unum erimus: veritas enim una.*

Latin  By doing the truth which we already know, let us make progress towards the truth which as yet we are ignorant of. Then without doubt, we shall be one, for truth is one.

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