I went to the woods today alone and walked among the trees, my heart opening along the way as I thanked them for their sturdiness, their roots, the air they create Before that, I cried. I sobbed for nothing. for everything. for the space I craved but could not find and the waves that rolled through me carved a hole out of rock that widened with each crest and crash. Next to me, my dog Pebble licked my hand my husband laid down beside me and my body shook until the waves turned briefly to laughter and a deep breath slowed the churning. “I need to go into the woods,” I said. “That’s a great idea.” “Alone.” So the car drove toward errands in town and my feet turned toward trees and I found the space that has always been there as I thanked the trees for their sturdiness, their roots, the air they create And then I inhaled, breath moving through me as my heart stretched open.