Was seed

now spreads broad-leafed branches,

unfolds, scented,
in a complex origami
of curl-petaled bloom,

gallops the hillside,
a russet-red leaper,

pads the night paths,
a russet-tailed chancer,

and you,
milky-soft, pink and unfocused,
learning by the moment,
gallop-growing, unfurling beauty,

were once a microscopic
seed.



A quadrille for EJ and the dverse prompt.

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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.

43 thoughts on “Was seed”

  1. This is incredibly stunning! 💝 I love; “and you, milky-soft, pink and unfocused, learning by the moment,” the journey of a new-born is a wondrous one 🙂

  2. Beautiful, Jane! Your quadrille reminded me how quickly my grandson is sprouting up. I especially love the ‘complex origami of curl-petaled bloom’ and the lines:
    ‘and you,
    milky-soft, pink and unfocused,
    learning by the moment,
    gallop-growing, unfurling beauty’.

  3. This poem captured my heart. What wonderful images you created to paint a life unfolding. This stanza was my favorite,
    unfolds, scented,
    in a complex origami
    of curl-petaled bloom
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Ali

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