Poetry Advent Calendar Day 9

Day nine brings us another poem from Bernice Lever’s 2016 collection Small Acts. “Grow Towards the Light” carries themes of nurturing the next generation.



Green house folks know sunshine
twirling plants 360 degrees
or aiming pot lights
at every angle for even shine,
training growth for smooth curves,
equal-sided growth
ever adding fertilizers, measured
waterings, judicious trimmings

creating gentle plants
tamed to standard shapes,
still gardeners keep watch
for slugs, aphids, mold and more
for banishment.

If only one’s offspring
could be honed
towards the Light,
not that parents yearn
for conformity,
just some bright blooms per season
on glowing, kinship stems.

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