Deep In The Woods I Heard A Tree

Deep In The Woods I Heard A Tree

I ventured deep into the woods. Deeper than most men dare. As I explored I heard a soft voice calling me. I followed the voice. To my amazement, it was coming from a tree. 
The tree said, “I am the Memory Tree. Break a small branch off my trunk.”
“Will it not hurt you?” I asked.
“Fear not, I will grow another to replace it.”
So I did as the tree asked. Instantly I recalled a memory of my youth. A pleasant memory I had not had for many long years. I was shocked. 
“Try another.” The tree said.
So I did. And another happy memory appeared in my mind. 
“This is unbelievable,” I stated.
“And yet it is happening, so you may believe it.” The tree replied. 
I was amazed. I rushed out of the woods to tell my friends about the marvel I had discovered. 
“Come with me and you will see a tree that can show you all your forgotten memories,” I said to my friends.
“Where is this magic tree?” One friend asked. 
“Deep in the woods. Let’s go.” 
We headed into the woods. 
As we wound our way through the forest the anticipation built. Then I stopped. 
“Are we there?” A friend asked. 
“Umm. No. It seems I can’t remember how to get back to the memory tree.” 
My friends all looked at me. 
“I realize this is disappointing…” I began. 
My friends picked up tree branches and started hitting me. So I ran. They chased after me. 
Being a fast runner, I soon got a short distance ahead of them. Then I heard a soft voice calling me. To my amazement, it was coming from a tree. 
The tree said, “I am the Forgetfulness Tree. Break a small branch off my trunk and you will forget something bad that has happened to you.”
Just then my friends caught up to me. 
“This is it! The Memory Tree.” I yelled.
“Quick. Break off a small branch.” I instructed. 
They did. And instantly they forgot all about the Memory Tree and my fruitless journey leading them to find it.
“Why are we all here in the woods?” One friend asked.
I reach over and broke a small branch off of the Forgetfulness Tree.
“Beats me. Let’s get out of here.” I replied.


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