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Random Act of Metaphor: A Flamboyant Maple Tree with a Rebel Spirit

September 4th, 2019 by Michael Dyet

Hmmm, can we choose our destiny regardless of our beginnings?

There is a large Maple tree that I pass and take notice of each day, on my way home from work, on an otherwise nondescript side street a couple of blocks from my home. Under normal circumstances, it would not warrant special consideration given that Maples are a common choice for urban yards.

But this is no ordinary Maple. It captures my attention every day because the leaves on one side are pistachio green and on the other half tomato red. It has been that way all summer so it has nothing to do with fall colours – although it will be interesting to see what transpires when the leaves begin to turn.

No doubt there is some rationale, scientific explanation that I could uncover with some Google research. However, I choose not to know the official cause.

I like to think of this Maple as a conscious entity that has elected to go its own way. It had no choice in what species it would be or where it was to be planted. And yet, it has broken free of expectations and become an oddity that proudly proclaims its individuality.

A flamboyant Maple tree with a rebel spirit – a random act of metaphor to declare that we can be whatever and whoever we choose to be regardless of how humble, or prescriptive, our beginnings might have been.

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  • 1 is that possible? Sep 11, 2019 at 3:55 am

    Hi just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of
    the pictures aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue.
    I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same results.

  • 2 Michael Dyet Sep 11, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks for letting me know.