mapped by lines of experience
gently pick up a shrivelled, dry seed.
Tan, calloused skin dwarfs the grain.
Slow, deliberate movement
rolls the seed between perceptive
thumb and fingers.
Rich, black dirt
tenderly accepts the buried offering.
Wise blue eyes observe patiently
from a distance.
Delicate green sprigs
burst through soft loam.
Pale and fragile new growth erupts
by new surroundings.
Sunlight sends warm caresses.
Strength flows through its golden glow.
With inspired confidence the plant
deliberately stretches for the light.
When contact is made with a solid wall on the left,
new shoots and blossoms are sent to the right.
A vision of rich shades grows.
Thick, green leafy vines.
White and pink petals.
A triumphant shock of compressed energy
strives toward a radiant sky.
Petals soon fall.
Vines thicken, become brittle.
Naked seeds stand exposed on stems.
Knowledgeable hands pluck them
as they dry and shrivel.
New growth contained within their tiny husks
will not be forgotten.
They, too, will push through the soil