ACCUMULATION

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Like a miniature garden
growing in a cup of limestone
a bond forms over time

scraps of leaves and bird droppings and seeds
roots, faint wisps at first
tap into the life force and dig down, deep

the bright flourish of first growth
gives way to a steady accumulation of experiences
big and small, good and bad

weather of all sorts caresses, buffets
and the seasons, revolving imperceptibly
turning us to and away from the source

branches wither and die
leaving the scar of remembrance
deep in the tissue

fibers of memory knot and twist
into strong rope
binding us together.

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6 thoughts on “ACCUMULATION

  1. Aquileana

    Such a great poem… full of rich poetic images and metaphors related to Nature…
    I truly liked this one, dear Melissa.. Sending best wishes. Aquileana 🐉☀️

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    1. Melissa Shaw-Smith Post author

      You are most kind to say so! I always hope that my words will resonate with others. All my best, Mel

      Reply
  2. huzaifazoom

    “branches wither and die
    leaving the scar of remembrance
    deep in the tissue

    fibers of memory knot and twist
    into strong rope
    binding us together.”

    This is just plain brilliant.

    Reply
  3. Melissa Shaw-Smith Post author

    Ah Brenda, you are welcome. I often find inspiration in my garden or the natural world–my source of peace, tranquility, and strength. It’s nice to hear that I managed to capture a little of that in the poem. All my best, Mel

    Reply

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