Our Tree

There is a tree right outside my bedroom window, and it’s a friend of mine. When we moved into this tiny apartment with insanely loud neighbors, and broken bottles, discarded food and sometimes blood stains littering the stairwell, the tree was (and still is) a comfort. A talisman that we can look to and feel almost cozy just looking it.

We marvel at its green leaves in the first shock of spring, proudly declaring to each other that we have a great tree; when Fall rolls around we’re oohing and ahhing as those leaves begin to turn.  In the Winter time, with all of it’s nooks and crannies, and elbows–it turns into a perfect tree for catching snow. 

Apparently it’s quite tall, looming over the top of our apartment building, but my experience of the tree is the small section not even halfway up: branches at odd angles, going every which way. I can see its silhouette right now through our shades. 

When my boyfriend is away, I feel safer somehow knowing the tree is there. Can’t really say why, except that it is a friend, and I feel shielded under its branches. 

stick-legged words 

Words are such strange creatures. So many of them– racing and tumbling around in my head, battling it out for my attention. But when I ask them to commit themselves to paper–or computer keyboard in this case, they scatter; as if being seen by the light of a computer monitor “is just much too much, thank you kindly….no, no, really, we couldn’t possibly. Ta-ta for today!”

In my imagination, these letters have stick legs and are wearing tap shoes, and they vaguely wave goodbye as they make their unhelpful exit, crowding each other out as they hide behind, and peek around, voluminous red theater curtains. Is that weird? My boyfriend would say that’s weird.  But, he’s as odd as I am, so there we are.

Anyhoo, I suppose these words –the ones that didn’t scatter, the ones you’ve just read, and are reading now in this VERY MOMENT!!– will have to do.  And really, they are such nice, accommodating words, so I suppose it’s all right.

Until next time, my friend (perhaps those other words will be more helpful by then…..)