baobab tree

Justice Is Like Baobab Trees
By Kristin Richardson Jordan

Baobab trees are known for their swollen stems
and their ability to hold gallons of water
their ancestral connection spiritually
And their vitamin C rich fruit called ‘cream of tartar’

They live for thousands of years
and share all that they’ve got
with other plants animals and human beings

Justice is like baobab trees

its fruits feed revolutionaries
and it’s strikingly beautiful
even when there’re no leaves

rationally, justice always holds water
emotionally, it shades truth
and the strength that taught her

Lovingly, it’s just a sturdy beast
with a trunk
dozens of meters high
and perpetually deep

(c) 2015 Kristin Richardson Jordan