An old trail leads from our house up to a waterfall in the woods on Wolfpen Mountain. Twinned basswood trees — also known as lime, linden or linn trees — stand near the trail, perhaps a century old. The basswood is a soft wood prized by woodcarvers. Two weeks ago one of them fell after a long slow decline. Its final years evoked many themes from our own lives and our bonds with the earthly life around and within us.
Last night the basswood fell
clean across the trail to the waterfall …..