Centrality of Trees
One tree delight for me in the West
Are palm trees growing along the way.
I’d never seen them except in a greenhouse.
Date palms grow sprays of flower euphoria,
Yellow bursts before the dates.
And the other wonder are redwoods,
Communities in tree form. Redwoods
Form a grove: ancestors’ blessing-filled
Circle like a prayer made of trees
Enclosing the grace of nature for our discovery.
Aikya Param’s mother, a registered Democrat, shared good stories and her father, a registered Republican, made art and loved science. Nature is a favorite fascination for Aikya. She earned a master’s in Women’s Spirituality from New College of California (San Francisco) in 2002 and a Certificate in Spiritual Leadership from Holmes Institute of Consciousness Studies, Golden, Colorado. For more from Aikya, click here.