The Parsnip Root

Seeds by the hundreds filter down from replete stems

Each parchment covering a tiny embryo inside …

Endosperm and nascent leaves abiding their time

To enter the sanctity of dirt and raindrops’ blessings,

To soften the coat for a tiny root stub to nose through

With density of root hairs to soak in and drink moisture;

Rooting deeply, seeking minerals, to grow the stem upwards,

Leaves unfurling in the sun’s gaze making sucrose with air currents,

As the root sinks deeper, wider, stronger, ever supportive

Of top growth for potential to be taller, bolder, to flower,

To grow food to sustain the body to shower the mind.

Homage to the family root, gnarled, well-spent and life-seasoned

For linkage, receptivity, continuity and relationship

With the good Earth … one seed, one root, many seeds, many roots.

Annemarie Berukoff

Retired teacher — wisdom of Timely Tools for Changes: self-franchise internet marketing, social media attacks, ecology

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