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


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…..


6 comments on “NOW

  1. Don Frankel says:

    Good one Muse, good one. They get to know more than we do.

    But you know I have to ask this. You had to know. If you were a tree what kind of a tree would you be?


  2. mistermuse says:

    Don, I suspect that trees know more than we do because they’re more grounded….which might lead yew to think I would be a pun tree (a palm tree that can’t pronounce it’s name correctly), but as a practically life-long Ohioan, I should probably choose loyalty over punditree, and be a Buckeye tree.

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  3. Don Frankel says:

    I thought you would be a Pundittree. Me, I’m an Oak.


  4. arekhill1 says:

    Me, I’d rather be a vine–grow fast, get around and maybe get in some strangling on the side.

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  5. mistermuse says:

    It might be hard to get away with the strangling part — people might hear it on the grapevine that you did it.

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