sitting in the shade of Peepal,
he invited the gossip
from around the village-
Who ran away with whom?
Who beat his wife?
Whose children disobey?
he lived his years in shade of
his best companion, Peepal,
as his own life slipped away;
his condolence meeting was held
eventually in shade of that Peepal
* For dverse Meeting the Bar, where Brian celebrates his birthday and invites us to write a story in 55 words. Also for Friday Flash 55, as suggested by Brian.
* Peepal is also known as Sacred Fig, its binomial name being Ficus Religiosa.