Banyan Tree


Banyan Tree by Herb Kawainui Kane


Woody torso, heft of skeleton,

dendriforming figs, tholes

the afterthought.

Roots (fruit too,

in a sense), insouciant

to the central source—

long established trunk,

arbor vitae whose gray

nerveness overponders,

overspills herself.

Roots take off and variously plunder

the ground, groping for re-entrance

till that tree is many-fettered in options,

multiple sources, arboreal vividity

rigid in basilisk lock.


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