I dreamed of shadows and sheltered things
beneath the tree with golden leaves.
Today the mighty trunk sliced bare as bone,
the rings rough and splintered,
you take my hand as we count the lives together.
A thousand deaths, a thousand loves,
a thousand circles bound us with frayed fibers,
spinning its thread, the splinters cut deep.
Now and then at the wound’s core,
the sapling sprouts from a single seed,
always yearning and always bending toward love’s light,
free of pain again,
under the sequoia tree.