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.”
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.