Under the Banyan Tree

Banyan Tree Park
Maui, Hawaii
December 2010

This Banyan Tree was first planted in April, 1873,
and marked the 50th Anniversary of Christian missionary work in Lahaina.

The tree was imported from India and was only 8 feet tall.
It now stands over 60 feet high and has 12 major trunks in addition to a huge core.
It stretches over a 200 foot area and shades 2/3 of an acre.


i felt the bark
sat in the coolness
listened to people speaking
saw others
reading the news paper
riding bikes
eating ice cream
all under branches
stretched far and wide
all in the same house of shade


9 Comments Add yours

  1. our potluck week 17 is open now, welcome linking in 1 to 3 old poems as the first time participant…Enjoy a lovely Monday!:)

  2. scentofmyheart says:

    Amazing story about the tree and lovely poem about it! The image is great!Hello, Happy New Year!Today I want to introduce you to a flexible poetry forum, it is Jingle Poetry Monday Potluck, you link in a poem related to our theme (Week 17 Theme is The Road Ahead), or 1 to 3 poems that are old or unrelated to our theme, enjoy some traffic and encouragement…if you wish to fit in our community better, you feel free to visit and comment as many entries as you wish from our collection, how cool it is?!Please check us out at http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/Let me know if you have questions..We are open Sunday, 8pm until Wednesday, 8pm, American Central time..Sign in with your yahoo or Google email to follow our blog so that you know our updates if you wish. We value your attention, hope to see you in. Thank you!

  3. Jingle says:

    I invite you to become a participant at Thursday Poets Rally Week 36… Entry your entry here 4 Poets Rally Week 36 and sign agreement if you wish That’s a better way to make poetic friends, and have your talent directly exposed to fellow poets.Poetry awards are to be given upon completion.Hope to see you in, Happy Friday, best wishes for the year of 2011.xoxox

  4. Jingle says:

    tree carry emotions here, well done.

  5. S. Etole says:

    what beauty its branches share with many …

  6. nance marie says:

    we were able to go there for a few daysat the beginning of this month.business and a little change of weatherGod's Love grows and spreads out like the branches of the banyan tree.Let Love grow in your heart…and it will reach out for other hearts.Love nm

  7. all in the house of shade…loved that line…

  8. The banyan tree parable.Have you traded Oregon rain for Hawaiian shade?Blessings.

  9. Lorrie says:

    The branches are still stretching.. all the way to me with your beautiful and inspirational words! :-)

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