You stand,
a canopy on the vast savanna.
Your elegant white flowers
perfume the grasslands.
You nervously twist your fruit
into helixing coils.
Beneath your boughs,
the obligatory elephant.

Haak-en-steek, they call you,
for like your cousin Wag-‘n-bietjie,
you wield two weapons —
straight daggers and barbed hooks.

Far from nurturing,
you poison even your own offspring,
preferring to stand alone —
solitary silhouette
against a pumpkin sun.

Resembling the bush you inhabit,
you are harsh and proud.

Iconic tree of Africa,
lift your head.


Day Twenty-Two

Prompt: Write a poem that invokes a specific object as a symbol of a particular time, era, or place.

Acacia tortilis.
(I will say it again
for those down under
who might be screaming “Vachellia“)
Acacia tortilis!
(An old woman finds it difficult to change habits.)

The Umbrella Thorn (scientifically known as Vachellia tortilis) is an iconic tree of the African continent.

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