Without me you are a branch cut off, dry, dead and ready for the burning.
The Germans used to divine by means of the fragments of a branch cut from a fruit-tree, which 103 they threw on to a white cloth.
At top, a hammer formed of a section of a small tree with part of a branch cut to serve as a handle.
A branch cut off from the adjacent branch must of necessity be cut off from the whole tree also.
The branch cut from the tree no longer feeds upon the sap of the parent stock, and disintegration is merely a matter of time.