Guest Poem: Cuba's Sacred Tree

June 18, 2013
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Travel to Cuba impacts everyone differently and it inspired IE guest Jim Smith to write a series of poems documenting his experience.

sacred ceiba tree
tap the trunk and ring it thrice
toss a coin and wish


The African slaves considered the baobab tree to be sacred. When brought to the New World, the closest they could find to the baobab was the ceiba tree. Tradition dictates that one must knock on the bark of the tree, go around the trunk three times, drop a coin at the foot of the tree and make three wishes. With added luck, fingers crossed and thumbs pressed, might mine come true!  January 25, 2013 - Havana, Cuba