persimmon haiku

[painting by Susan Goldsmith — see her work here]



orange persimmons

dot the tree’s black skeleton

a lifetime of moons

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desertification in the midwest




This is what my yard looks like — completely brown (likely dead) grass covered with leaves from damaged, dying and dead trees — predominantly post oaks (Quercus stellata), one of the toughest trees on the planet. It makes me really sad to see these trees I grew up playing under dying before my eyes. I know, of course, that they aren’t immortal, but I sure expected them to be around a lot longer than me.