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One of the toughest emotions to deal with is a sense of lost vitality. I witness this emotion when working with sick patients and their families. We all must individually confront this question through the arc of life at some point. While walking along the beach (quickly, it was cold!), I noticed a single tree stump which may offer a thought for us in such moments:

Stump By The Sea:

Been a long time
Since sap flowed through my veins

Since I fed vibrant leaves

Since I showed off my perfect bark

People don’t look at me 
Like they used to

When I was alive

But I’m still here-not dead

I have a great view

Of my friend the ocean

Who swims right up to me daily 

My other friend, the sun

Still flashes that amazing smile each morning

So maybe I am more fragile

Than I once was

But I am surrounded by beauty

And so, somehow, stronger. 

First Flight

Posted: October 12, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Nature, Poetry, Woods
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First Flight

Ann Arbor, Sunday afternoon . . .

You thought I missed it

The moment when you broke away
Summoned by the season.
You trusted your entire journey
To a gust of wind
And you were right:
You were gently carried from the top of the tree
To your forerunners
On the forest floor
But so many of your friends
Took this flight unwitnessed
No wonder to guide their landing.
But you, I watched
From beginning to end, in awe