Years ago, after I had known her a few weeks we walked on the heath.
I foolishly agreed to carve the words SHE and I and FOREVER on a tree.
I already had my doubts about her suitability as a muse, so spent the day searching out the tree nearest death. Just in case. I found and chose an old horse chestnut, it's leaves blighted and yellowing.
I carved 'she and I forever' on its elephant bark.
I returned to the tree alone this autumn and found the tree fallen and decaying. My carving obliterated by rot.