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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 ‘je t'aime’… “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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Date: 6/28/2020 6:25:00 PM
I love the write, Maria. It is filled with emotion and wonderful imagery.
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Date: 10/30/2018 1:03:00 PM
A Beautiful piece. I love the Banyan tree background as well, especially the reference to Kona Coffee. I am a triathlete and Kona is where the national championships are held
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Date: 11/2/2018 1:36:00 AM
A triathlete and a poet, wow, that sounds interesting. I love sitting under this particular banyan tree, it seems to whisper. Thank you Nature Boy both for visit and comment. I appreciate both....Maria
Date: 4/30/2018 10:18:00 AM
So beautifully expressed Maria. I love the background on the Banyan tree. It made reading your poem more meaningful. And that video ... WOW!!! Steamy!!! :)
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Date: 4/15/2018 10:07:00 AM
A strange mystical poem with intimations of the sensual to come; a metaphysical prelude to the physical of the following parts of the trilogy. (How’s that for pretentious verbosity - mine!) Seriously Maria, this poem is intriguing and impressive.
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Date: 4/16/2018 9:05:00 PM
'Bombastic verbosity' indeed dear Geoffrey that's woven into your comment. I love both your use of language and your interpretative review. I feel honored that you took the time to visit my poem. Thank you ...Maria :) <3
Date: 4/11/2018 10:14:00 AM
Beautiful poem to go with the gorgeous picture Maria. And I always enjoy a footnote that has information in it!
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Date: 4/13/2018 6:54:00 AM
Thanks so much Flo, so glad you enjoyed it. You have to go to Hawaii just to experience the beautiful serenity of this tree....Maria xxx
Date: 4/10/2018 4:19:00 AM
OMG Maria, I am so glad I didn't miss this marvel! It is difficult to see how truly magnificent and beautiful this tree is because it is so large. Your poem compliments its beauty and honor bestowed upon it through the ages. This is going into my faves. My husband grew up swinging on the Banyan vines. : )xxoo Romance personified! You look gorgeous!
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Date: 4/10/2018 8:36:00 AM
Thanks Connie, glad you liked it. This tree is really awesome and I'm so impressed that they featured it in your International Market Plaza in Honolulu. Soup Mail follows...Maria xxx
Date: 4/3/2018 2:26:00 AM
Excellent. your truly poetic genius. Your thoughts expressed well here. Done beautifully. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing it.
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Date: 4/4/2018 8:25:00 AM
Thanks so much Ravi, I am so glad that you enjoyed this my friend....Maria
Date: 3/28/2018 9:40:00 AM
C'est magnifique dear Maria! You were certainly channeling poetic and artistic inspiration here under the banyan tree with your exquisite poem. Quite a lovely pic, btw :) Your alluring poem is mystical, sensual, romantic and fascinating, an enthralling thrill ride for the spirit and the mind. I relish your notes as well. I'm enraptured with your beautiful poetic presentation my sweet friend, a fave! Love and hugs ~Susan. Soupmail for you - sent yesterday :))
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Date: 4/4/2018 8:29:00 AM
Susan my dear friend, thank you so much. You are so right , I do believe that tree does channel both artistic and poetic inspiration. It certainly got my mind working overtime, I am so thrilled that you like this. Coming from such an accomplished poet, this is a big feather in my cap. Deeply appreciated my dear friend....Maria xxx
Date: 3/28/2018 6:50:00 AM
Sexy lady :) sexy poem. Love love love!!
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Date: 3/28/2018 7:55:00 AM
Thank you Yazmin, both for your visit and nice compliment. je t'aime.....Maria
Date: 3/26/2018 5:04:00 AM
An overall wondrous trip Maria, and learning curve..
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Date: 3/26/2018 8:20:00 PM
Thank you Harry, much appreciated ....Maria
Date: 3/25/2018 8:02:00 AM
Artfully expressed and I also enjoyed the historical perspective. Hanks for your visit. Sorry I have not been around much.
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Date: 3/26/2018 8:21:00 PM
Thank you Richard, much appreciated. You're a busy man, take care ....Maria
Date: 3/24/2018 6:51:00 AM
Very intriguing piece, Maria. I appreciate the explanation given, as it helps clarify things in my mind. The poem itself is delightful.
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Date: 3/26/2018 8:23:00 PM
Thank you Eileen, much appreciated ....Maria xxx
Date: 3/23/2018 11:09:00 AM
Such a magical ride you took us on Maria, well done...
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Date: 3/26/2018 8:23:00 PM
Thank you Charlie, much appreciated ....Maria
Date: 3/23/2018 9:13:00 AM
Heavenly fire as eyes meet with desire ... Great write Maria..
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Date: 3/26/2018 8:24:00 PM
Lol, Thank you Joseph, much appreciated ....Maria
Date: 3/23/2018 5:42:00 AM
Your blood is the ink of the pen...and the paper your body... The magic of the Banyan tree is as real as oxygen... A spiritual write indeed...All the best Maria je t'aime...
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Date: 3/26/2018 8:25:00 PM
Now that is quite a comment,I really appreciate it Arturo, thank you my friend....Maria
Date: 3/22/2018 8:24:00 PM
Maria!...je t'aime-je t'aime-je t'aime...hot, hot ,hot...sizzle with a whistle lol...stay in warm light lol...^WW^
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Date: 3/22/2018 10:48:00 PM
"je t'aime-je t'aime-je t'aime aussi" - for being the beautiful person that you are Wingy. Stay in the 'Light' and keep spreading it wherever you go. So glad you liked this sizzler. Ronnie said to tell you...."he wishes" Lol....Maria :)
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Date: 3/22/2018 8:25:00 PM
...is that Ronnie in the back of that pic? lol...
Date: 3/22/2018 7:08:00 PM
That is one of the very few phrases I know in French. This is very lovely romantic writing and I also enjoyed its spiritual overtones.
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Date: 3/22/2018 10:51:00 PM
Thank you Andrea, glad that you saw that, it was my intention to do exactly that. If you care to read Demetrios's comment below, I think he summed it up better then I did. If you get a chance to to visit Hawaii in the near future, do visit this shopping centre. The tree is certainly worth the trip....Maria xxx
Date: 3/22/2018 6:16:00 PM
‘je t'aime’ Maria..
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Date: 3/22/2018 10:53:00 PM
Awww that is so sweet of you Pashang. Thanks for the visit and lovely comments always ....Maria
Date: 3/22/2018 5:08:00 PM
Kind of reminds me of a Glamourous M, but then again 'female fan club', I'm going with Special Agent Carmen San Diego. Very handsome 'other' fan in the background, who should be waving his fan over you. Love the poem (as I do all your stories), photo's the best though.
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Date: 3/22/2018 10:57:00 PM
Thank you so much Leanne, yeah I think I'll go with Special Agent Carmen San Diego as well, she might have more influence over the Fan "waving his Fan"Lol. Catching up with all my comments today and heading your way soon. Thanks Leanne for your lovely comments always....Maria xx
Date: 3/22/2018 10:48:00 AM
"Here the material world is described as a tree whose roots are upwards and branches are below." This is fascinating, and educational for me Maria. I will have to take a look at "Passion in Black and White" next! "Rain puddles mirror its own spiritual visage/In the still water the tree in its reversed image" Loved that little moment, and thank you for the explanation! Without having read the explanation you did great on elucidating the spiritual world in the beauty of the tree's reflection. Always, Laura
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Date: 3/22/2018 11:05:00 PM
'Elucidating the spiritual world', I love that, I'm learning new words every day. the beauty of being on this site. Laura thank you for appreciating this poem, I felt it warranted an explanation in the footnote about this beautiful tree and its spiritual connections. I really appreciate your support....Maria xx
Date: 3/22/2018 9:38:00 AM
A beautiful sensually romantic poem, laid bare by the story behind it and the added informatory notes, Maria. You are definitely inspired by your travels and search for knowledge. ~ The song "Je t'aime moi non plus" by Jane Birkin was gifted to me by "Rita" who brought it to me in person from Switzerland in 1970(the song was not available in Malta then). // Regards // paul
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Date: 3/22/2018 11:33:00 PM
Yes I can well understand that after reading this article Paul. It would have been banned in Malta as well then?...."Je t'aime… moi non plus" (French for "I love you… neither do I") is a song written by Serge Gainsbourg, for Brigitte Bardot in 1967, who dueted in an early version not released until 1986. In 1969, Gainsbourg recorded the most well known version with Jane Birkin. The duet reached number one in the UK, and number two in Ireland, and was banned in several countries due to its overtly sexual content. In 1976, Gainsbourg directed Birkin in an erotic film of the same name. Trust me to go pick the sexiest song written ever lol....Maria :)
Date: 3/22/2018 8:20:00 AM
Such sensuality from a tree, only your imagination could create that...Who is that man? I can't make out who he is? Someone famous in OZ? Some great lines in your poem occupied by a very sensual song..
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Date: 3/22/2018 11:39:00 PM
As for "sexy socks" in the background? Lets just say he is well connected, famous but no not here in Oz, not yet anyway ;)
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Date: 3/22/2018 11:36:00 PM
Lol.. yes my fertile imagination again. And as for the song, didn't even know this when I picked it....was banned in several countries due to its overtly sexual content. In 1976, Gainsbourg directed Birkin in an erotic film of the same name. Trust me to go pick the sexiest song written ever lol....Maria :)
Date: 3/22/2018 7:05:00 AM
A beautiful and splendid creation all the way around my friend. Truly loved this magnificent poem and imagery provided. I too have always fund certain trees and some even I feel a connection with.. You write very inspirational poetry my fiend. A fav...
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Date: 3/22/2018 7:35:00 AM
Thank you Robert so much for the sincere comments that you leave, I am so glad that you liked this my friend. Maybe we are Tree Huggers lol....Maria :)
Date: 3/22/2018 5:47:00 AM
I just wonder where you get these awesomeness ideas from. I am very tempted to paint this tree..and i just might. The mystic you describe so awesomely..is just gold.
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Date: 3/22/2018 5:55:00 AM
That would be a wonderful idea, this tree needs to be sketched or painted, I'm sure you will do a wonderful job. Thanks Martin for the visit and lovely comments always, I appreciate it....Maria
Date: 3/22/2018 2:58:00 AM
Moi aussi je t'aime mon amie Maria! When I was in Hawaii, I met some local people who told me stories about this tree and how its roots are. "connected " with the spiritual world of the islands! Your poem is certainly inspired by the " magical " pwers of this tree thus bringing to the " upper world " truths hidden in the " Mystical underworld ". A fav from me for the " Mystique" de ton poem ma cher amie, Maria! Je t'aime!xxx
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Date: 3/22/2018 3:50:00 AM
Merci beaucoup mon cher ami. Now you know why this tree fascinates me so. It could well explain the feeling of peace and happiness that flows through this magical place. Thank you my dearest friend for your lovely visit and comments. I really appreciate it...Maria xxx
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