PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook
“They say it was a lightning bolt that dug in and burned straight through to the ground.”
“Well, it’s certainly unique. Amazing the old tree survived.”
“I didn’t,” brooded Old Tree. “My carcass is still standing, but my heart is gone. You just aren’t seeing it clearly. And it wasn’t lightning. It was a cannonball shot during your Civil War. Never understood how any war can be civil. You humans are a strange lot.
“Birds and squirrels still use me, but my heart is dead. One of these days I’ll topple, and you’ll see.”