We do love our life cycles particularly those we conjure up out of nowhere. What’s so special about resetting a calendar? Does it have more import than the sun bouncing off the bottom a couple days ago or than messing with clocks and our biorhythms back early November? Not at all but we insist on trying. Journalists let us know what was important perhaps to remind us of their importance. Photographers trot out their ten best of the year – definitely to remind us of their presence. English majors spin a couple rooting apples into a metaphor for the great metaphysical forces at work as this year wanes. One apple resists rotting as another hurries along. Weeds tells us no deep freeze has visited. It aint over yet. The discerning eye knows the one visbile twig is actually a pruned branch. The trees above are ready for a new year.
The only certainty here is that the year will end, the world will not end (that’s for next year) and it will all start again in a couple days.
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