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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A TREE AND A PALACE

This poem is posted at 
Open Link Night #108
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A TREE 



MYSORE FIG

One hundred seventeen years ago
a slight fig twig arrived by boat
to a settlement near where I now live.

Growing tree sustained wind
damages from many hurricanes
named "Mysore"--NOT for her 
sufferings and broken things.

Annually, thousands come by 
to visit, chat and ogle. 
Owner happily receives all
who stop...except the State
Planners, who want to chop away
Mysore, and expand the roadway.

United States' largest fig tree.

would be no more.
(Never was Mysore
an eyesore.)
A PALACE


MYSORE PALACE

More than seven hundred years ago
a palace was built in a city 
on India's south shore
called Mysore
Living there is one of
generations of royalty who greet
annually ±three million visitors.

City of Mysore is known as
"City of Palaces".
Only one named "MYSORE PALACE".
Second only to TAJ MAHAL
as India's tourist destination.

ONE
Mysore Palace
10,000 miles (15,000 km) 
from Mysore Fig Tree

ONE
Mysore Fig Tree
...and that tree lives
ten minutes from...me!

steveroni
Aug 6, 2013


Mysore Fig Tree in Estero, Florida

Photo by Corey Perrine, 
NAPLES DAILY NEWS 

36 comments:

  1. Hi Steve,

    I found this write very interesting Mysore Tree and Mysore Palace. I have a thing for trees so I would enjoy seeing that tree up close. It must be amazing. I wonder what words it would whisper to visitors.

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    1. If one listens she/he will hear that last line in song NATURE BOY...
      "...the greatest thing
      in life I learned
      was just to love
      and be loved in return".

      PEACE and LIGHT!

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  2. I want to climb and explore that tree! Very interesting writes.

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    1. Yesss, this Tree-Peep is a real climber--
      just to arrive at the trunk--grin!

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  3. Oh it would be entirely too bad if they were to chop that tree down - may it be granted many more years

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    1. We shall see how powerful is a "group conscience" decision! IOW, just how important are the PEOPLE?

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  4. that is some palace...not to outshine some tree...wow that is huge...to think as well that it all started from one little shoot it quite amazing as well...a palace itself...smiles...think i would be visiting it quite often....

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    1. Is not difficut to sit there and know
      just Who is in charge of ths Universe!
      Called "Meditation!"
      Thanks, Bro...er, Bri.

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  5. Wow, that is one amazing tree! And such a fitting tribute to that spectacular being. Thanks for sharing, peace, Jason

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  6. Yes, and I noticed you are a writer/photographer of nature. The so-called "meaning of life" is to be found therin. I'm remembering the song, "Nature Boy". Nat King Cole sang it right!
    PEACE and LIGHT, Jason

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  7. I've been to Mysore and visited Mysore palace too. It's such a grand place that it took around 2-3 days to visit all the parts.
    If you ever get chance see it during night time it is fully covered with small bulbs.. worth a watch.

    That tree was so so so old.. :(

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    1. Yup. That tree
      older than me.
      (I had a feeling SOMEONE out there might have been to Mysore.)
      Thanks.
      PEACE!

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  8. heyy.. i didn't get it... you got mysore fig over there in the States??? or is it an american variety that was brought to india???

    Sadly I haven't seen the fig..and i haven't seen the palace either.. :(
    but, it's beautiful.. isn't it?

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  9. Fig is here near my house...man had it sent here 117 years ago from Mysore India
    ...he named it the Mysore Fig, since that is where he got it.

    You GOT it???

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  10. What a magnificent tree, and a much loved tree too.

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    1. Yup. God sure knows how to make 'em!

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  11. What a beautiful tree that is. I do hope it will continue to stand strong for decades to come!! And how cool that it came from Mysore, India. Enjoyed your poems & pictures. Very enjoyable reading today.

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    1. Mary, thanks for your comment. I had wondered why tree is called Mysore?

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  12. Oh, that is just the most amazing and wonderful tree and to have it so close by is also wonderful!
    Do you go see it often?
    I hope it gets to stay forever and the State leaves it alone!
    Makes me so sad that it might be taken away, I so love tress and have written a lot of poems about them.
    I call them "my friends"

    Amazing palace too!
    I've never been to India and if I ever go I will visit it.

    Steve, thanks for the kind words on my poem, really so appreciated :)
    And, I enjoyed yours very much!

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    1. Reading your comment, Margie, I get the feeling that I blogged this JUST FOR YOU!
      PEACE!

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  13. Lovely, lovely write ... I think I know every tree by heart on my land ... especially one very large spruce tree in the middle of the woods ... he knows all my secrets ... thanks for sharing this, Steve.

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    1. I am thrilled to know (from reading comments...there are so many "tree whistlers" among us.
      PEACE and LIGHT.

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  14. An interesting pairing imparting both history and beauty; more than a little emotion in both works that allow us to care for the tree and understand your being bound to it. Lovely.

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    1. Astute comment, Beachanny, thanks! I'll be by.....
      PEACE and LIGHT.

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  15. oh wow...now that is a huge and beautiful tree...so sad that they want to cut it - my...just imagine the stories this tree has to tell if you sit a bit by it and listen...i bet you do...smiles

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    1. Yes, it is good meditation/karma to whisper to nature...and then listen

      How I regret having ignored these delights for SO many years.
      PEACE, Claudia.

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  16. Will I understand my sore more when sitting under Mysore?

    Thanks for your version.

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  17. Rain 61. HAHAHA! If it's your sore ass,
    you just might figure it out.
    Thanks for being here... :-)

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  18. I love the tree :) I love the post my friend. Peace and light.

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    1. Awwww. YOU just "love" everything, Ayala.
      The world should take lessons....
      NICE!

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  19. Such a wonderful tree and a sad story. Find it difficult to believe the planners want to chop away at Mysore - well, yes I can really, for planners the world over like the green of money over natures natural and beautiful greenness.
    Fingers crossed for Mysore.
    Anna :o]

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  20. Well...Planners have to "plan".
    Farmers have to "farm"
    Lwayers have to "One-by-one...jump into the sea"
    --grinning!
    :-)

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  21. Nice story/S/2- I love the fig especially! : )

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    1. I love the fig also...
      especially when a cookie is wrapped around it,
      of course, of course--grin!
      Thanks for popping by Izzy!

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  22. wow, what a lovely interpretation! Mysore tree and palace!
    wonderful :)

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  23. Yea, it all seemed to connect itself to a blog post.
    Thanks, Dark Angel....

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