My brother laughed when I told him that my mango tree was stricken with 'mangos- teoporosis'. The result is that it is a drastically reduced version of its former self and the anthithesis of the image that one has of a mango tree: thick, gloriously green foliage with innumerable branches, home to myriad birds and small animals, and a shady ground below. Two years ago, when the March wind blew fast and furious, a branch bearing about twenty-five tender mangoes unceremonious- ly snapped and fell down. I did go through the 'why-my-mango-tree' phase which took some time to pass. But as if that wasn't enough, last year, right after the flower- ing season, the wind wreaked havoc again. This time it was another big branch. I sup- pose that something must be lacking in its innards that every time the wind blows hard it has to break like a brittle bone! The betel nut tree, its immediate neighbour, sways dangerously during a storm but as soon as the wind fades to a whisper, it stands unscathed--proud and tall again. My mango tree will take some more years to recover from the brunt and also to lend more credibility to its name. A crow family had religiously nested on its higher reaches year after year. But now no bird worth its glossy feather will deign to build its Home Tweet Home. At least not for a while.......
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau