persimmon haiku

[painting by Susan Goldsmith — see her work here]

orange persimmons

dot the tree’s black skeleton

a lifetime of moons


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.