If the tree is just a tree…

…then the predawn sky highlights the asymmetry of this aged sentinel, perhaps spurring a desire to compose a haiku….

[FYI, some time ago my BIL, James Burns, posted a fun haiku widget….]

If the tree is a metaphor…

…then look how much tree-ness survives even when the main trunk is decimated…and, similarly, arthritis may slow me down, but I’m still me.

[Aw, heck, I had an idea for this when I started, but somehow I ended up with a lame finish here, no pun intended!]

And, by the way, beam B-day wishes toward Planet A-Squared!