Preparing To Say Goodbye

When we  first came to this patch of land

that wild cherry greeted us

 with white blooms and green leaves.

As the years passed she slowly

 bloomed less and less;

 her branches held fewer leaves.

Recently several of her branches fell.

This year may be her last.

We treasured her presence through the years.

 She will be deeply missed.


Night Natterings

They say the whole

is greater than the sum

of the parts, but they’re 

misquoting Aristotle who

said the whole is something

besides the parts. 

It seems that’s part of the problem

with words: they can lead us

down some rabbit holes.