If you haven’t yet, spend some time with Gregory Halpern’s recent book “A” . You can view the complete book here : “A”
“The animals and trees became for me an indirect way to reference a post-Eden life - the garden, after the fall. There’s some element of that, and now that the people and animals are scavengers who have to make do, after this paradise lost. As the book ends, I wanted to end on a hopeful note, and there are two images of houses being repaired, and a magnolia tree exploding, despite its being injured. The last page is of a raccoon up in a tree. He’s found high ground. That’s what life is like: we’re all surviving. In the end, there’s some kind of resilience, and transcendence”
From an Interview with The Atlantic Cities.