As History Unfolds, A Tree Grows

Julie Borden
The Shortform
Published in
1 min readMay 20, 2024

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In three paragraphs on page 81 of The Overstory, Richard Powers guides his readers through the 300-year history of the banyan tree that saved Douglas’s life when he was shot down in Vietnam.

The hallmark of a banyan tree is that it can grow an intricate system of roots and multiple trunks, expanding to become an entire grove, a “one-tree forest.”

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Julie Borden
The Shortform

Social worker, therapist, reader, writer, head-in-the-clouds dreamer, awed by most everything. (She/her) Reach me at JulieBordenLCSW@gmail.com.