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The story behind this poem
The curiosity of many of my readers (many of them women) was excited in my previous poem ‘Passion in Black and White’ POTD 6 March. They wanted to know more about the ‘Magical Tree’ and Café’ in the poem.
This is the beginning of the story the grandiose Banyan tree, a tree species I have always been drawn to since a child. It is magical and real, depicted in the photographs of me sitting under the tree.
The tree is over a hundred years old and it majestically rises in the middle of the International Market Place Plaza in the heart of Honolulu, Hawaii. The café, in close proximity also exists and is known as ‘Kona Coffee Purveyors French patisserie’ serving the best coffee and French pastries.
I trust you will enjoy the poem, the music and ‘Passion in Black and White’ posted previously, where you can follow me on a romantic, magical encounter…
Branches delve deep - concealing secrets - so hush
Linger - abandon cares of a trivial life - no rush
Sacred spirit residing in resplendence executes
To tawny earth branches and to Heaven its roots:
Whispering …’je t'aime’…
A mere shadow of reality - no substance ‘tis true
A life of materialism is - but a darkness whirled brew
Rain puddles mirror its own spiritual visage
In the still water the tree in its reversed image
Whispers … ‘je t'aime’…
Lost for words - in dreams - answers we seek
Hearts submerged in doubt do still entreat
A God inhabits - seek Him out through the maze
Veneration to the ‘One’ to whom we praise
Dismiss all uncertainty to the questions we raise
Whispering …’je t'aime’…
Ephemeral scepticism gone - here swathe in sanctuary
Blossoming love in captivating honey dew ecstasy
Untouched by this mad world - lovers dare
connect intentional thought to boldly declare
“Excusez-moi mademoiselle is this seat taken”?
In lisping French pronunciation – you inquire
The look in your hazel eyes of carnal desire
combusts sparks into a blaze of heavenly fire
Whispering …’ je t'aime’…
Foot note - About the Mystical Banyan Tree.
The massive banyan tree is the national tree of India, also called Indian or Bengal fig. Considered sacred in India and can be seen near a temple or religious centre giving shade to travellers in very hot summer months. In fact Buddha was said to have received his enlightment under a tree like this..
In the Bhagavat Gita, Krishna said, "There is a banyan tree which has its roots upward and its branches down, and the Vedic hymns are its leaves." (Bg 15.1) Here the material world is described as a tree whose roots are upwards and branches are below.
An observer will notice that the Tree reflection in water is upside down. The branches going downward and the roots upward. In similarly, it is the material world that’s a reflection of the spiritual world. The material world is but a shadow of reality. In the shadow there is no reality or substantiality, but from the shadow we can understand that there is substance.
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