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.”



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