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