Vine climbs

For the Daily Post prompt: natural


At the foot of the wall,

in the shade of the sill,

where the grey shadows fall,

and the workmen drill,

there’s a small piece of green,

a patch of new shoots,

that nobody’s seen

and torn from its roots.

At the foot of the wall,

In the shade of the sill,

A vine starts to crawl

In a fierce show of will,

through a bed of dog ends

and discarded litter,

green tendrils sends,

with raindrops aglitter.

At the foot of the wall,

in the shade of the sill,

in its own space so small

the vine struggles still.

At the foot of the wall

in the dust of the street,

the earth shows us all,

where life and hope meet.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

13 thoughts on “Vine climbs”

    1. I’m still thinking of something to say. Just blushing. I’m so glad you liked the poem. Plants that manage to survive and flourish along city pavements are admirable 🙂

  1. I love this–the rhyme and rhythm makes it flow, but not forced.
    “At the foot of the wall/in the dust of the street,/the earth shows us all,/where life and hope meet.”
    Such a message of determination and hope.

      1. There’s a weed wedged between our front steps and the wall to the steps next door that keeps returning, no matter how many times it’s cut. I’m not the one cutting it, and I admire its continuity.

      2. Our local council decided to stop using weedkiller on the vegetation growing between the kerbstones a few years ago. Now council workmen hand weed. Where they don’t venture, the weeds just grow and grow until residents decide to pull them out. We often get fig trees popping up, but for some reason, some do-gooder always pulls them up when they reach a couple of feet tall.

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