Banyan Tree

Written for:  Carpe Diem Special (2nd guest), Kala Ramesh #4, “Jasmine Rain”

I wasn’t familiar with the Banyan Tree, so I searched the Internet and found a nice piece of text (on wikipedia) in which the deeper spiritual meaning of the Banyan Tree is mentioned. There is also reference that the Banyan Tree stands for eternity and everlasting. In hindu images the god Shiva is seen very often sitting in silence under the Banyan Tree.

The banyan tree is the national tree of India. It is also called Indian or Bengal fig. This tree is considered sacred in India and can be seen near a temple or religious center. It is a big tree and gives shade to travelers in very hot summer months. An old custom offers worship to this tree.


rain catchers
near our banyan tree
here and there
leaves of the pond lotus
roll raindrop-moons
in their own world
jasmine rain
© Kala Ramesh, Pune, India

embrace of welcome
a place to think in silence
arms of the banyan tree

© Sara McNulty


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I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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3 Responses to Banyan Tree

  1. Wow Sara what a spiritual response you have shared here with us.


  2. janicead says:

    Wonderfully comforting.


  3. embrace of welcome

    Most apt statement for the banyan tree. It accords the shelter for weary travelers



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