The trunk has spines that spread
like the scales of a pineapple.
As it grows upward and you look
(gawk, more appropriately --
at that neck angle the mouth
drops bricks) there are the branches!
pine-like ones that scoop up into a bowl.
They're protected and are few
in the world due to deforestation
or just over-cutting. Honestly
it wasn't anything special to see,
but the green was deep and shocked the sky
just a bit as we rested for lunch.