After the doctor looked over my test results,

he said, “Your body is sending you

a message.” I pressed pause and wondered.

Did he think my body and mind

have become so separated that they require

messages? “Hello. This is your wakeup call.”

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What the tree leaves behind

after many autumns, winters and final fall

is rings – a dendrochronology of  historical context,

environmental conditions, and possible future issues.

Earlywood,  latewood, drought year, wet year, diseases –

no soul, but a body outliving life.

 

tree rings