Some days, some months —
let's be honest, probably some years —
my pants don't fit.
This is supposed to matter to me,
and it does.
In the drowsing noon,
I was sitting outside
and I asked the douglas fir next door
As usual, ki said nothing.
Well, I thought, you get rounder each year!
And you get rings for it.
Tara Shepersky is a taxonomist, poet, essayist, and landscape enthusiast, with tangled roots in half a dozen soils of America's West. If pressed, she'll tell you that the redwood forests of furthest Northern California are the home of her heart.