C is for Camwood

O exalted tree of life
for ancestral Africa.

Provider of shade
During months of hell.
Producer for trade
Oil, wood to sell.

O beauteous tree of life
for ancestral Africa.

Brilliant crimson hue
Root-based dye is made.
Magic powders brew
Facial problems fade.

O compassionate tree of life
for ancestral Africa.

Healing balm for knees
Healthy seeds are found.
Stomach ailments ease
Chewing sticks abound.

O vindictive tree of life
for ancestral Africa.

Camwood paint is worn
Tribal chieftain chants.
Camwood spears forewarn
Coming battle dance.

O Camwood sweet tree of life
For ancestral Africa.

(Written for a-to-z challenge)

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