Yeen's GardenBy Rick Vito
"If you can make a beautiful tree grow in your back yard, you can certainly make something beautiful grow inside yourself."
A gentle and timely breeze made sure his words were applauded by the rustling of a million leaves.
"Figuratively speaking!" he chuckled.
He shared his thoughts effortlessly, without hesitation, as if he had known me for years. I had a sense this is how he connects with everyone he meets; Not out of desperation or loneliness, but out of love for the humans he gets to share the experience with.
He pointed to a bush that looked like it was growing plump and purple tomatoes: "I might be old, but I'm still trying to grow just as much as they are."
"Do you prefer sun or shade?" I asked, stupidly unprepared for a serious answer.
His lips curled into a somber smile. "Shade... and lots of rain."
Was he tending the garden, or was the garden tending him? I didn't ask.
Rick Vito, December 2021 Digital paint and StyleGan2-ADA Designed at 512² finished at 4096²