Avenue of the Hazo Fanahy

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skies of dampened shade
ascend over palpitating baobab tree trunks.
Madagascar sighs.

pious pulp feeds canopy deities;
calms the native understory species.
all eyes look out for rain.

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*Title is written in Malagasy (one of the official languages of Madagascar): “Avenue of the Tree Spirits.”

Happy Earth Day! 😊🌍

This poem was inspired by the endangered baobab trees of Madagascar (but they do grow in Africa too), which holds some of the world’s most biodiverse rainforests and animals on Earth. These trees, specifically, thrive in the dry, deciduous regions of Madagascar and serve as a symbol of strength with divine meaning.

For more info on the baobab trees:

https://www.culturalsurvival.org/publications/cultural-survival-quarterly/tree-life 

***Also please consider using Ecosia for your search engine instead of Google (at least for today), 80% of their proceeds from web advertisements go to planting new trees in threatened forest regions like Africa, Peru, and Madagascar.

https://www.ecosia.org/

(Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. I mentioned the site above because I appreciate humanitarian organizations that do their part to help the environment and make a difference in people’s lives around the globe.)

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