I wake with a start to the monotonous alarm gone off in the not-quite-morning, setting in motion all the things in a day that can’t be stopped.
After dressing, out of the large bedroom window I observe the sun beginning what could be its optimistic rise over the serrated tree line.
The trees bordering our property clench at the last of autumn’s harlequin leaves in their mournful fists, but for one Herculean tree that has fallen, the wide nieve of its root mass ripped up and resting bare above a loamy gouge in the grassy bed.
Downstairs, all around me, they busy themselves eating the breakfast I’ve prepared and readying for the day, oblivious to the storms inside me, which also can’t be stopped.
This time of year, the ground outside takes on water until it is nothing but soft sponge, just before it begins its slow, deep freezing.
Inside, the ground beneath my feet is also beginning an unsettling softening, the imminent chill of winter threatening to make home in the fading marrow of my papery bones.
Like the lamented tree, I seem to have come loose from my station in life.
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