Struggling so hard to grow in this world
Reaching and stretching to the sun
Pushing between the stone cracks
Swaying in the warm breeze
Standing tall and free
Feeling nature’s strength
Wrapped in delicate green
Pink softness walks quietly
Whiskered and furry ball of purr
Sharing in a similar struggle
This adorable photo from Sadje’s What Do You See # 115 inspired this double nonet. I thought the form lent itself to the idea of a meeting between two different entities.
Writing this poem made me think a lot about other encounters I have had in the past years and how they’ve changed. Making small talk with a stranger used to be so easy, but now, this act seems “risky,” fraught with suspicion and caution. Do I strike up a conversation with the unmasked person in line with me? How do I do that if they can’t see my smile behind my mask? How do we signal to each other that we are open, “curious with gentleness” – that we want to get to know them and not to judge them? Tenderness and compassion seem to be in such short supply lately. When will we realize that we all share in a similar struggle?
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