There is a pine tree that grows out of a knoll in a small park along the waterfront where I live. Every time I see it, I do a double take, staring curiously at it. I wonder how it came to be…leaning cock-eyed to one side. What forces of nature made it suddenly start to grow aslant? It seems to have a slight bulge on one side close to the ground. Is it an old injury? A mishap of nature?
Staring at the bending tree, I can’t help but compare it to my own human anatomy. I see two outstretched arms, a long spine, and perhaps a hindquarter bending over as if reaching for something. Or perhaps I am in the process of catching myself in a fall as I walk down the hill.
The bending tree also reminds me of a aged person, an old man or woman with a hump on their back or a severe curvature of the spine. What a tremendous burden! Imagine the forces the bending tree endures just to maintain its current posture given its current position on the little, grassy knoll.
Strange, these malformations in nature. What do you see?