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The Caribbean Writer

Flame Tree Time

Author: Elaine Savory

 

If you are buried under a flamboyant
tree
, I said, your soul is lifted up

 

when it flowers. Everyone wants that.

 

Jean Rhys

 

that vivacious red
live
just like the lights and shades of active fires
& green
putting the other trees to shame
in these warm wet months
brings me
my love of the island

 

because when i see
flame tree blossoms
i see spirit:
how to persist
how to rise vivid
out of a dry land
& a severe beginning

 

they give
the rare touch
of love which has broken stones
of hardship
& come through

 

flame trees
are death reversed:
they stun your eyes
on those blue days
when the sea already makes you spin

 

they have the warmth
of people of dignified survival
those of the fight
& powerful emotion
who rise
within these speaking wreaths
and reach again

 

tell me
who can know flame trees
& not grow more brave?

 

Copyright © Elaine Savory

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