It’s the first day of winter in the southern hemisphere, and the ivy’s transformation is speeding up. Only the small red leaves remain unwithered. The large leaves have mostly dropped. Their stems point at nothing. A few days later, they follow their leaves to the ground. Crimson-coloured bracts with indigo nodules emerge. Look at the colour combination! And the form? A molecular diagram.
Thich Nhat Hanh says we too once had a stem by which we were joined to our mother. While it’s no longer visible, our stem still exists. As the leaf gives the tree, and is given by the tree, we give our parents and ancestors, and are given by them.
Dedicated to my friend, S, and her little baby boy born on Saturday.