The Baobab Tree


You may not tower
But stand you do
Strong and grounded
With reassuring girth
Your vertical ripples
And segmental trunking
Branch up symmetrically
Dispersed across the plains
You lend life to many
Hosting beehives
Nesting Superb starlings
With dried out river beds
Elephants gnaw deep into your trunk
Sucking your rich sap
Parasitic plant life
Twine around and into your branches
No harm done
As your longevity is into the hundreds
Oh mighty tree
Humble and kind
In this arid bush land
You stand giant-like
Sharing all you are
Giving house and nutrients
Denying not even the termites
In awe of your qualities
Humbled by your lessons
You teach it is possible
To live with all who share your space

Life Matters



Ferocious and fun loving

Whimsical and free living

Compassionate and full of giving

All so distinct
And then,
By the Magician’s wand
All rolled into one, the human being!

What a jewel in this earthly crown!
Yet does he even know
How he stands out?!

By incredible design
A behavioral machine,
Reacting to stimuli
With unending zest.

Fascinated by the senses
With everything he sees
He hears
And touches!

Yet, not only is he the jewel in the crown
He is also a crown within the jewel!

Through every  cell
Every muscle
Every organ
And laid deep within
Are gems…

When uncovered
This vegetative
Animalistic human
Comes alive!

Alive! With a truth
That surpasses any sensory stimulation
That puts to shame the conquests of conquerors!

Because this journey
Can only be made alone
This journey
Makes you yield all your weapons
This journey
Is the making of mankind

When love, understanding, gratitude surface
Humility is second nature
The next person as deserving as you
Compassion for life and all that lives
Now matters.

Life matters!