We start with the first image, which is of shimmering green coins reflected on the water's rippling surface. I suppose it needn't be near water but when I close my eyes this is the first thing I picture, the fluttering reflection of greens and yellows, the body leaning over the water, weeping I presume since that's often part of the job description. Weep for me, or for Nina Simone. All of us. What else do I know? In Japan there are always ghosts nearby, and once there was a soldier who fell in love and abandoned everything. Tender green love. In modern mythology it hides monstrous monthly secrets and beats people who get too close, though this is not really canon for the species. Elongated leaves which I guess could mean either it takes a long time to leave or to be left, if it meant something other than what it does. Oh yeah I'm looking stuff up, you think I carry this around with me? It is described as slender although I'm looking at a picture here and that's not the word I'd use, I mean it's no oak but it's not a birch either, more like the gnarled hands of an old woman than a bunch of teenage eyes, is one thing. Pliant, it says here, which is certainly true sometimes. When it's healthy it's agreeable up to a point, which is the point of the roots tearing and then it's a hard no, a refusal to yield. I like that it is both flexible and tough, tender and tenacious. Like, it's crying all the time sure but also you can't easily bring it down. The flowers are surprisingly uninteresting, it is simply what it is, no seasonal surprise of ginkgo stench or linden delight. I'd like to say something here about shoots that hasn't been said before but I can't think of what. In the olden days you could keep your hands busy on mindless tasks, weaving over and under until something useful emerged, a basket to carry things in, a fence to keep things out, a beautiful functional object. The bark cures a bite, or most basic pain I guess, including possibly the one you're in right now, though sadly not mine. Google wants to remind me that there's also an 80s movie of course there is where would I be without the 80s. Okay we're done.