Starlight Orchard

By Danny   

I want to show you something very beautiful.

Seeing my great-grandfather’s words in my mother’s eyes as she took me outside, near the old apple tree that is now my legacy. We sat among the curves and branches of the roots peeking out from the snow; as she held me in her arms, just like he’d done long ago, while looking up into the starfields.

I want to show you something very beautiful.

She began to speak, about the time that her grandfather had taken her here, her legacy, and how they looked up at the stars. Sometimes he would show her the constellations, telling their stories; often, she would ask him which star was his.

I want to show you something very beautiful.

I can smell the end of summer. The tree has started to lose its leaves, yet some are motionless, defiant of the coming winter storms. I’ve seen some deer tracks around the tree, side by side. Always side by side.

And now I know where her star is.

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