i walked with a stranger


he asked me if trees were living 
i replied yes
he asked how i knew that

he asked if they breathed
i said yes
he asked, how?
i said through the veins in their leaves

he asked if they had lungs - where were their lungs?
he said nothing can breathe without lungs

i had to concede that i didn’t think that trees had lungs

he said that he knew that trees were alive

he said that sometimes you have to hear something that you don’t believe

he asked if i knew what an angler fish is
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