SEN-ESSENCE, “on the art of aging’ published in 2010, is available on amazon. After being officially labelled “old” at 65 by the Canadian Gov’t, in SEN-ESSENCE, over the last many years, I have explored the aging process (senescence), and the attributes (essence) that make us who we fundamentally are – forever young at heart.
This old apple tree
is a holiday inn for birds.
A bastion of bugs that are room service
for anything that flies, crawls and festers.
I imagine me as a tree
with hot apple pie & ice cream
on the menu.
My blossoms, particularly beautiful,
a canopy for an apple crumb and coffee
on the deck, followed too soon
by the smell of rotting apples underfoot,
then naked, baring but an apple or two
hanging on like loose skin
flapping in winters’ long, cold, breath.
I imagine being reincarnate
offering a feast of fruit
in every lifetime.
I’m to look at it all,
the crusting apple tree
budding outside my window,
without imparting my perception
for then it becomes
all that I am.