Though Veuve Pleureuse, or Weeping Widow, is a sorrowful name for a tree, a Togolese friend explained that this is because this tree constantly sheds its leaves the way a widow sheds her tears.
I love this tree, though it provides no shade and bears no fruit. It is uniquely West Africa, and whenever I think of this goofy tree, I am morphed back to this strangely familiar place on the globe, Togo.
I brought this piece of West Africa home with me and left a piece of my soul in its place.
It was a fair trade.