Sprout

I am a giant –
at least I pretend to be –
standing among seedlings.

But I know
I’m only beginning
to bloom too. I manifest

all I need
to grow into myself,
drawing from

all the good green things.
They make up my seed coat. Let’s see
what my flowering will look like.



This poem was inspired by the prompt given over at Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads: Word Count With Mama Zen. She asked us to draw a tarot card as our inspiration for a short poem. I happened to have this card in my hand when I read the prompt and thought. "Why not?" I love the way the figure in the card, which is meant to be a child/youth looks like a giant because of the perspective in the picture. 

23 comments:

  1. Yes, I feel a seedling at times still waiting for full bloom.

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    1. The good news is we always have a new chance to bloom every day we wake up.

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  2. This feels so hopeful to me. I really like this, Rommy.

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    1. I am lousy with court cards in general, but for some reason I really felt the youthful optimism that pages typically represent when I wrote this.

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  3. I really like the voice in this poem... makes me want to do some growing of my own.

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    1. Thanks Kerry. I always had trouble with the court cards, but something about weaving the meaning into a poem finally made me get this card. I think I should do this for all the court cards!

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  4. Your poem and the card make me think of the Green Giant (from the frozen veggies commercials). Terrible, I know... but I can't help it.

    On the serious side, I love that the speaker knows that although he doesn't feel completely accomplished yet, his time of wonder will come... and it will grand!

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    1. ROTFL - That's *exactly* what I thought when I first saw it. Followed by - Argh! A court card! But maybe that bit of silly made it easier for me to dive into it.

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  5. Wonderful writing and perfect card choice.

    Have a great weekend :)

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  6. Interesting perspective! Both the card and your poem!

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  7. It feels like hope blooming (literally) through your verse!❤️ Gorgeous write, Rommy!❤️

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  8. Oh, this is beautiful and wonderful, Rommy!

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  9. I have a feeling that good green things are a predictor of how the seed coat will turn out. "Bring up a child and he will not depart from ..." Love it, Rommy.
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  10. Great words Rommy! Really liked it!

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  11. Ah, that's quite an interesting perspective and a really well crafted character sketch. I loved the image of the seed coat in particular.

    -HA

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  12. We should all have a "seed" coat. (sorry it took so long to read and respond to this prompt)

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