I buried a seed

in a backyard soil mound

then I watered it

 

the smiling spring sun

teased a sprout out the soil

small and tender green

 

I watered it more

soaking the thirsty soil

feeding the small sprout

 

but then I forgot

all about my baby sprout

not on purpose though…

 

its soft green darkened

as it fought for survival

beneath the hot sun

 

a few days later

I found the small dying plant

I ran for water

 

I poured the whole can

as the water pooled quickly,

in murky puddles

 

drowning in water,

the mushy soaking soil

became treacherous

 

so the sprout shriveled,

lost all its vigour of life,

and I gave up too

 

so that’s the story

of my incompetency

to nurture spring plants


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