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Nicole Moore’s Banyan Tree

In today’s blog post I’m delighted to share Nicole Moore’s favourite tree a Banyan tree which she posted on my twitter feed using the hastag #treesonyourtravels

Nicole Moore’s love of trees started in childhood, in Highbury, North London, which has a lot of lovely tree-lined roads. Her favourite school art lessons were when she was given the freedom to paint whatever she liked. It was always a tree.

Nicole found painting trees soothing. This photo of Nicole sitting on a Banyan tree was taken in August 1988 in the most exciting, enchanting and beautiful Oratava Acclimatisation Gardens, on the edge of Puerto de la Cruz in the second most major town in Tenerife.


Nicole penned a pantoum poem about her favourite tree.

So what’s a pantoum poem I hear you ask?

Well according to Nicole the pantoum is a poem of any length composed of four-line stanzas. In each stanza, the second and fourth lines serve as the first and third lines of the next stanza.

The last line of a pantoum is generally the same as the first line. Nicole really likes this form of poetry because it removes certain elements of choice for you as a poet, and that can be kind of freeing.


Still a Tree

It’s hard to believe

The Banyan tree

Started its life as an epiphyte

Yet still, beauty lies deep


The Banyan tree remains

Strong, eloquent, solid, still tree

Yet still, its beauty lies deep

Gracious and grounded


Strong eloquent, solid, still a tree

Over 200 years old

Gracious, grounded

Its majestic presence is irresistible


Voiceless it speaks

Started its life as an epiphyte

Connecting roots directly and indirectly to its central trunk

It’s hard to believe


© Nicole Moore May 2015


Nicole Moore is a freelance writer and editor with experience in magazines, newspapers, blogs and poetry anthologies. She writes non-fiction in the form of personal essays, memoir and poetry.

Nicole is the author of Brown Eyes, Sexual Attraction Revealed and Hair Power Skin Revolution.

If you would like to tell us about a favourite tree or a tree from childhood please feel free to send it or share it on my twitter feed @jackeeholder using the hastag #treesonyourtravels

Another beautiful Banyan tree for you to meditate on.

©Isac Goulbert




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