Tree of Life: Branching Out Featuring Daniel Swensen

treeoflife_branchingout_badgeWelcome to the TREE OF LIFE: Branching Out collaborative writing challenge, where creative minds meet epic movie music. To read the collective story in its entirety as it unfolds and for more details on this groundbreaking collaboration with Audiomachine click HERE.

Today’s featured guest writer is witty wordsmith, Daniel Swensen. Visit Dan’s Surly Muse, for more on perfecting the craft.

* Listen to the inspiring track from Audiomachine’s Tree of Life album featured in the sidebar music player

Inspiring Soundtrack: Audiomachine – Across the Horizon – Tree of Life

Zoe turned her face to heaven, catching the last sparkling droplets in her hair. Molted by the wind, the clouds gave way to a serene wedge of cerulean sky.

The Tree blazed out in all directions, a riot of color and light, yearning branches tipped with leaves of carnelian, emerald and gold, eclipsing the day-lit meadow into shards of multi-hued shadow.

Even as she looked on in rapture, a sudden melancholy pain wracked her, curling in her abdomen like an errant unborn.

“What is this?” she asked, dismayed by the rift between the beauty before her and the encroaching agony within.

“Separation,” Adam said. “All life is a greeting and goodbye, by turn. The hurt of separation is called living.”

“A metaphor?”

“A transition,” Adam intoned. “The first of many. Life is change, Zoe. You are life, and you will change. This is the pain of your first goodbye.”


© 2013 Daniel Swensen

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16 thoughts on “Tree of Life: Branching Out Featuring Daniel Swensen

  1. Another gorgeous addition to the story. The imagery in this one is really fantastic with the canopy of the tree as “a riot of color and light” and I especially like the simile of the pain of loss as an “errant unborn:- really brilliant!


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