‘Butterflies & birch trees’

the cycle of life in a microcosm of its own

Mike Koontz
Mar 13 · 3 min read

found inside

this one tree, that had

in part, bursted

open,

ripped apart, a new life

sprouted from the mourning, a pillow it had become

dreaming

sideways on

it's side

the birch tree

had come to lay,

like a sinking

ship

it now

progressed and lived

with knees and legs slightly bent

asleep

somewhat

slowly, it would become

from years

not yet passed

something

of a different

kind

new and old

the way of life

dreams of yor, stars asunder

it would one day

come to notice,

that it soon

had slipped

and tumbled,

torn

its branches, when down it fell

in slow motion, thunderclaps and buzzing bees

Now fast forward

the lapse of time

across a flow

of

seasons changing

when

it rattled

with each breath

sounds of green

ebb,

the wake

of larvae’s, and

leaves

that rattle

like hair and blood

back to

the outside world

_was it dead, you asked out loud_

and

I swore the truth

that trees

in fact

never wither

like the dead forgotten

when they fall

with leaves and critters

their veil becomes

something

soon,

that is quite

like another meadow

of life and hel, trees and roots

music of the day

A million tears by Trees of Eternity

Depicted is a slowly transforming Scandinavian birch tree that will one day remain passed out flat, laying down on the ground. Destined to give birth to a new kind of life that is just as important as the many world improving things that each tree does as they grow and sway in the current of the wind and flowing water.


But in today’s world, it is sadly all too rare to leave trees to live long enough to become the thousand year spanning sentinels that they are meant to be.

Today humanity just doesn't allow trees to become the matriarchs of this world which they in truth are, and routinely our profit-driven society denies these beings their natural right to lay claim to the autumn of their biological cycle of life.


Refuting the fact that trees that fall or grow old and collapse for one reason, or another are actually a life improving and deeply essential part of keeping our planet strong and healthy.

another wall art piece of mine from the beauty of Scandinavia

Some species of wildlife and other plants, and the very soil itself need those afterlife meadows that fallen and dying trees provide, and in turn, planet Earth needs that bed of fallen trees to seed new soil and fertile pastures in a health providing way that just does not happen without a sufficient amount of worn down trees to complete the naturally sustainable cycle of life.


So that is what these trees will be allowed to do, spend it´s sleepy autumn days laying down on the ground while it is providing needed life and nutrition for all the things that could not live otherwise, transforming itself into a new kind of life.

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Mike Koontz

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Author & Photography. PT, health & fitness. Science and sustainability advocate | aNorseView.com , Scandinavian.fitness.

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From the northern halls of the Vikings home comes this tribe of creative heralds. Writers, poets, photographers, creatives, great thinkers, fitness geeks, and experts. There are no stones and thoughts, and creative adventures left unturned in the pages of Beyond2c.