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  • A tree. A living thing. It changes. It takes in things. It gives off things. It can be healthy, and bloom. It can be sickly, and die.

    This tree. Normally green. Sometimes with berries. Usually without.

    Then one day... whiteness. Sudden. Beautiful. Stark. Brilliant.

    Rich, snow-like color in the heat of a southern climate.

    I stop. Stare. Take it in. Amazed. Taken aback.

    I pull out my camera. A man walks into view. Notices. Stops politely. Stands engaged in his phone. Never looks up. Never looks at what my camera is recording. Never sees what I am seeing.

    Finished, I stand. He notices nothing. I take a few steps. He becomes aware. Walks on. Never having looked.

    I sit again. I watch people. Walking. Talking. Focused on their phones. Focused on their own selves. Focused on their own worlds. Nobody notices the tree. People that pass it every day.

    Green. All the time. Then suddenly awash in luminous white.

    People. Living things. They change. They take in things. They give off things. They can be healthy, and bloom. They can be sickly and die.

    People don't turn one day from a blooming shade to another. Their changes are often internal. Often gradual. Rarely sudden. Rarely noticeable.

    I wish more people had noticed the tree.
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