two coconut palms. As long as the tree avocado grows and grows birds will have a home.
I offer a haiku and a painting to honor and thank the avocado tree.
This year it produced 15-20 fruit, judging by the number of sprouting seeds on the kitchen counter. That’s a bumper crop. Usually we gather just six, but each weighs three pounds. They’re super good, and I try to reserve a couple for the previous homeowner, Linda, who was a good steward of the aina (land) and planted the tree.
The season is over, and we’re enjoying the last of the fresh guacamole.
If you would like a little avocado tree from ours to plant in your garden, and you live in Hawaii, let me know.
Copyright 2009 Rebekah Luke
“Avos and Cocos” is from my book From My Window Seat: Views and Song. —RL