SEN-ESSENCE – this old apple tree

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.


Most of the photography accompanying the poems are from a photo essay of the elderly (los Ancianos) who reside around Lake Chapala, Mexico.  Los Ancianos, published in 2013, can be found on Antonio Ramblés travels! Blog:

7 comments on “SEN-ESSENCE – this old apple tree

  1. Love hearing you read your own work. It brings it to life in a way just reading can never do, even tho someones voice speaks to me when I read. And the tree, whether apple or oak, brings new life every spring, and I eagerly await the first blossoms on each tree in the spring time.


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