NOW

Go in our woods and witness the varying fortunes of the trees. How many are diseased or dying at the top or decaying at the root. How many have been mutilated by the fall of other trees. In fact, the fortunes of individual trees are much like those of men and women. –John Burroughs, naturalist, ACCEPTING THE UNIVERSE

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We see roots
surge through dirt
in time-lapse photography
seed to distance
in mere moments

but trees understand
this above all
as a long
journey of attachment
living with the

vagaries of fate
knowing that where
they are now
is one with
where now began…..