On someone else’s blog today I saw a photo of a lovely wildflower. The blog is oneletterup.com or the above URL. She’s an “ordinary person” who goes on walks and takes photos that inspire poets! She gave me permission to use this photo.
If you look to the left, you’ll start to see the chain link fence the flower is growing inside, and that reminded me of a poem I wrote several years ago after tutoring a child who had many obstacles to overcome … both personal and family.
Green Will Grow
Green will grow, lush and unashamed -- thrust itself up at the foot of fences or between cracks in the cement. Crabgrass, sunflower, snakeroot or dandelion, wherever a sliver of sun can find a city space, green will grow. A child will grow, curious, needing to learn, push her way up through hardened and neglectful hearts and overcrowded homes. Poison ivy, violet, rose petal or thorn, if there is any light at all a child will grow.
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