This is my back door. Those of you following this blog will recognize this sunflower as my Pilgrim. A volunteer onto my shore like Pretty Kitty. We had to bring her inside because the temps have started to dip below freezing and being inside is her only hope. But she wants out.
I understand because since the moment I first gained consciousness, I’ve felt the same way. What? This planet again.
Yes, she must release her seeds into the world and yes, their future is unclear.
I feel like her. I want out of a world where mass shootings are the norm.
The sun in her eyes,
as her babies thrive.
The heart is a womb,
Not a sealed and closed tomb.
My garden’s a haven to what gardeners call “volunteers.” Some are the children of plants we’ve planted over the years and others are pilgrims to my alien shore that I don’t have the heart to starve, rip to shreds, or send out into a stormy sea.
This sunflower took root in a pot containing another plant and grew and grew and grew until it reached the sun.
The stalk is approximately five feet high. But it didn’t squeeze out the other plant. They’re living happily together.
May all your pilgrims be grateful for the protected soil they’re growing in! Even in a crowded pot, there is room to share.
The last few days I’ve been watching this flower grow out of a pile of decaying leaves in an empty flower pot. Because my husband insists of feeding the birds, we find flowers struggling to survive in the oddest places, their existence a testimony to hope. This little one – a long-legged teen – peers out at the rest of the yard perhaps dreaming of having her feet planted in real dirt. Maybe she hopes for a friend, a partner, or a drop of rain on her face.
We did get a few drops of rain this afternoon, enough to clear the air of the dust and smoke. Not enough to wash the grime from the cars, not enough to make a dent in the drought. Not enough, but like a pile of decaying leaves, giving hope.
(this post is supposed to be for #WordlessWednesday but alas a few words trickled onto to the page and I didn’t have the heart to deny them!)