Hold fast to growing things! Study resilient roots
that dream through winter storms,
Survive the bitter winds.
Anything washed by rain is clean, unstained.
Catch it in your net. Plant it. Watch it bud,
Its leaves unfurl in early spring.
Time grows, too, and blueberries thrive in scrub
and stone, where on the blood-colored rock
you found a home, your first under the moon.
Seaweed, you might think it homely as a weed,
Like dandelion growth, overabundant, untamed,
A thing you cannot love. Just touch it.
The touch of a thing furnishes the mind with food
and drink. Never forget trees — faithful lovers
they abide with you until the end.
Wait for a big wind to blow away your sadness
as you lie in the cradling grass alone,
Nothing but clouds to take you home.
A bird is the best guide. Ever frugal, it uses
ordinary things — a blade of grass, a leaf,
As it calls to its mate to come join the feast.
A garden is a well of joy. Dive in. Planting,
a straight path to follow without fear.
Hold fast to growing things!
A green world thrives where friends stand,
hands uplifted, fingers intertwined,
Twin branches reaching to the sky.