Mom at home scientist

Ecology of my motherhood; analyzed, frugal, and (mostly) natural.

ON BEING DECIDUOUS

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By Jennifer Hubbard

I shed you leaves
for bare limbs
shapely against a cold sky.
In spring you fed me with your sap
intoxicating syrup, from apical bud
to my deepest root hair.
I helped you grow
from previous sapped
mutualistic relationships
while reaching for the sky
strengthening my grip in the soil
until the sun reached solstice
and evening crept back
inch by inch
lengthening shadows anticipating
a future without you.
Leaf scars formed
between green leaves.
And you,
your change so subtle
a flush in your blade
a paling cuticle
and piece by piece
the wind you jealously guarded from me
took you away.
I look down as I reach up
watch you spin and float away
Time falls back
the first frost descends
and you
decay

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Author: Jenn

A busy at home scientist and mom with hypothyroid Hashimoto's, Jenn tries to make the best decisions for her family based on science, frugality, religion, health, sustainability and time management (not necessarily in that order). She occasionally writes poetry or goes ballroom dancing. Jenn regularly attends both church and mass. She also has a zoology degree from one of the most prestigious science universities in the country, more research experience than many PhD grads and a love-hate relationship with toxicology. Jenn cloth diapers mostly, but practices "elimination communication" as well. She has lived in three countries and speaks several languages. Jenn also sews, cooks, bakes, gardens, spins (wool) and loves calculus, even though she may be a bit rusty at it by now. With many food intolerances in her family, Jenn is constantly looking at dietary bypasses and evaluating food choices taking into account her education in metabolism, cell and molecular biology and biochemistry. To add to the complexity, she has started following the Auto-Immune Protocol (AIP), which is for healing the gut and putting auto-immune disease into remission.

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