Take Their Example

Every day I wonder if the plants
are getting what they need
or not
or barely hanging on —

we’re doing it together
but we don’t speak
the exact same language

I always try to help them
they never fail to help me

They live in spite of so much
sometimes the hand that feeds them
should leave them to their own
because
she doesn’t know what they do

They hardly ever give up
and always fight their hardest
they often come back suddenly
to much surprise and wonder

not to mention sheer delight

We could all take their example
they can’t jump and run
like we can
except for where their seeds go
they have to stay
where they are
and live where they are living
along with all their friends
and less than
friendly enemies

I’d like to be
like a plant
when I grow up.

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