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Revised March 2019 based on workshop feedback.

seedlings

ideas and emotions are seeds
longing to sprout
unfurling green to capture the sun

they might live for centuries
or be wrapped in fire
presented as gifts to the blackening sky

they might become medicine or poison
they might drink their fill or die of thirst
they might flourish in obscurity
or wither under the attention of millions

they might fill a forest like soldiers
marching in chaotic ranks to the coast
or stand isolated on the cliff edge
where no one sleeps in their branches

seeds neither know nor care for any of this
gravity tugs their roots
the sun summons leaves
the stalk joins earth to heaven

the seedling wants to grow
yet desires nothing
seeking light
without ever looking

its substance and soul
are one and the same