Yemen – Dracaena Cinnabari


It’s April of 2021 and Day 25 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 25 Country: Yemen

Dracaena Cinnabari or dragon blood tree, is a dragon tree native to the Socotra archipelago, part of Yemen. The tree has a unique and strange appearance. It is so called due to the red sap that the tree produces. Its fruits are small fleshy berries which turn from green to black as they grow, and then become orange when ripe. The trunk and the branches of the tree are thick and stout and display two-way branching, where each of the branches repeatedly divides into two sections. This is a species selected for making conservation related decisions, because protecting these species indirectly protects many other species that make up the ecological community of its habitat.

Credits: by Boris Khvostichenko(User:Boriskhv) – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7175533

Poem:

And that gem,
You loved,
You missed,
For no one’s mistake,
Is what,
You secretly look for,
When you say,
Nothing.

You let go because that is the way. You let go because of the pointless rules. You depart because you know why and no one else. Then, that, secretly defines you a ‘nothing’.

11 thoughts on “Yemen – Dracaena Cinnabari

  1. Yemen is a very mysterious country…..and those Dragon Blood trees are beautiful…I’d love to see one up close & personal if I could. Thank you for this post. I did not know this tree existed.
    Your poem struck a sad chord with me. I once had a lovely Black Diamond ring in an elongated Marquise style. I needed money & sold it to my Foster Sister…..and then she lost it…..that broke my heart. And in a way I guess I am still looking for it…
    Sherri-Ellen & **purrss** BellaDharma

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