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  • I heard the thumping against branches
    for a fleet millisecond
    approaching me from above
    I swing my head to see brother Greg going silently past,
    my first thought, "Hey man, you're not supposed to do that!"
    I position to lean out to watch him go down
    Just in time to see him hit the ground five metres below.
    He started from about three metres above.
    "Mate, you right?"
    A low aching groan as he half rises, one hand on chest,
    sort of stumbles a few steps in the dust
    and lays down again.
    Thank goodness he was only winded
    Because as kids we could get in big trouble
    for falling out of Banyans 100 kilometres from hospital
    But I responsibly told Dad anyway
    that he was OK
    No mention of how high
    Then we watched Johnny Watson cook his File Snake

    Banyans are made for climbing
    and they say that they are the tree of knowledge
    Well, that fella has a story to tell!
    We love Banyans.

    Picture: Banyans are born to be climbed. Oldest surviving Banyan in Nightcliff, suburb of Darwin, it's clusters of descending ariels now forming two extra 'trunks'. The story event took place in a big Banyan out bush, just like this one.
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