The few improbably regal-looking ceiba trees
towered over the charred remains poking through the ranchlands.
The action really begins when First Father, the divine ancestor who first lifted the sky like a roof over Earth and propped it up with a world-axis ceiba tree
, is killed in Xibalba, the Maya underworld, by the Lords of the Night.
I believe his mission, at least as it appears in Panoramas, is to speak from a renovated sense of pan-Americanism, and, true to that vision, poetry is both rooted in and moving from particular landmarks like those to which he dedicates Panoramas, to a rock and a Ceiba tree
, close to his birthplace in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico.
After passing the coral bed, the ceiba tree
, and the topiary he reached the edge of the orange grove.
I didn't stop till I came under the shadow of a ceiba tree
, where I loosed the fit of laughter I had been holding in.
The boy started telling us about how important bats are to maintaining the surrounding forest by pollinating the flowers of the ceiba trees
, morning glory trees, agaves, and many other species, and dispersing the seeds of some soft-fleshed fruits, including those of the garambullo columnar cactus (Myrtillocactus geometrizans).
Giant ceiba trees
with huge, snaky roots tower over a tangle of foliage, thickly woven with vines.
But even without this splendid monument from the Western Hemisphere's ancient world, the jungle with its howler monkeys, soaring Ceiba trees
and brilliant wild turkeys is reason enough for a visit.