outlasting
everyone she loved –
heartwood


6 Responses

  1. Azathoth Says:

    Oh
    Ain't it lonely
    livin' all the time
    Tommy James and the Shondells, "Evergreen" – Ritchie Cordell/Tommy James "Cellophane Symphony" (1969)

  2. Mike Schoenburg Says:

    loves me
    loves me not
    shredded daisies 🌻

  3. Alan Summers Says:

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    outlasting
    everyone she loved –
    heartwood

    —ROLAND PACKER

    What must it feel, if a human, to have outlived, in your 'circle' everyone whom you've loved?
    I like how it could be a tree, or what is left of one tree, while others have been cut down, possibly just for pasture land and/or housing (probably for employees, not a community).

    HEARTWOOD
    Heartwood, also called duramen, dead, central wood of trees. Its cells usually contain tannins or other substances that make it dark in colour and sometimes aromatic. Heartwood is mechanically strong, resistant to decay, and less easily penetrated by wood-preservative chemicals than other types of wood. One or more layers of living and functional sapwood cells are periodically converted to heartwood.
    STUB WRITTEN BY: The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica

    That last line changes and expands the first two lines, and keeps expanding. Glorious, and sad, at the same time.

    Alan

  4. Lynne Rees Says:

    I love this.And all those long syllables suit the emotion and meaning perfectly.

    me and
    the tree
    heartwood

  5. Marie Shimane Says:

    of what use long life
    the blood of all my kinfolk
    dried winters ago

  6. Mary Kendall Says:

    A lovely and poignant haiku and so real. As Alan has said, what must it be like to be the last one of all you've ever known?

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