Adansonia

adansonia, great baobab 
towering tree of Madagascar 
the gods couldn’t keep you 
from wandering away

so they flipped you upside-down 
left your roots up in the air
to balance on your head
for a thousand years

adansonia grandidieri 
another victim of jealous gods 
they’re afraid of letting you 
discover for yourself

the fruit of knowledge 
the tower of Babel
the liberating truth
of a world without them

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