Blooming into Flame

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All the love you will ever feel
you have always carried within you

The pellet you think love is
blooms into stone,
into flame, into glass
~Hannah Stephenson from “Sap Season”

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The last remaining cherry tree on this farm, a Royal Anne, has stood between house and barn for over ninety years, bearing well some years, and other years yielding only a hand full of fruit.  This spring was a bumper crop but followed by a hot dry summer, the old tree looks stressed, its branch joints oozing resin in response.  These amber-like secretions are hard and glass-like but change subtly day by day.

It is this tree’s troubles made manifest.  Its sap blood bursts with crystalline flame, blooming with a hidden love from its buried roots. Such love has always been there, deep inside, but in its thirsty anguish, the tree weeps to reflect the sun.

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2 thoughts on “Blooming into Flame

  1. Dramatic metaphor — weeping –for our human aging process and for the raping and destruction of our environment for what was and is no more and perhaps may never be again….

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  2. Oh man, I could not figure out what these alien forms were and I kept scrolling down to read the story of the sap. These are really amazing photos, as usual, and I was fascinated with the shapes, color, density and beauty in a “weird” kinda way. Keep it up and keep sharing the inspiring words…. thanks!

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