Once she was an almost cast-off pit
to be tossed into the compost heap.
Redeemed on a whim, toothpicked
and watered, she sprouted thanks.
Inspiring beyond all weathered strife,
spider mites, and indoor gloom,
she goes on, greening and growing,
reaching out for Spring.
I have a lot of indoor plants. Most of them are out in the atrium, shut off from heat. It never goes below 40F out there so they toughen up over the cold months. My little lady, the avocado tree, stays inside. I don’t want to take a chance of her freezing. She’s been through so much already. Spending summers outdoors is great for sun but has its own set of hazards. One summer when lawncarers had to mow, the guy with the line trimmer lopped her off but she was tough and sprouted back. She’s been infested with fungus gnats and spider mites that have made some of her leaves fall off. But she keeps fighting. She, more than anything, tells me spring is on the way as in the last week or so she’s sprouted a bunch of new leaves.
De Jackson (aka whimsygizmo) is today’s host for dVerse’ Quadrille. De says:
Greetings, amazing poet friends! It’s time again for that fun little form of our own creation, the Quadrille – in which we write poems of precisely 44 words, including one word we provide.
Today, I want you to go boldly. Go above and beyond. Go crazy. Go bananas. Wherever you go, write us a little poem with the word GO (or one of its forms) in it somewhere.