From Pineapple Wine

Like a boa constrictor,
this gargantuan tree will squeeze
everything in its path, bore
through city blocks of concrete
sidewalks, outer walls and roofs,
crush store signs, kiosks,
just to put down roots,
so strong is its longing,
its notion of place.

It’s a testament to adaptation,
a monument to survival
and to a singleness of desire.

No matter where we live,
we are all tourists,
we are all transients.
The only roots we put down
are branches gone crazy,
like the ones on this monster
tree in Maui they call
the Strangler Fig.