^Shhh! and Li-sten: do. you. hear?

ANN-I-E the plant.

a poem for jasmine

^Shhh! and Li-sten:
do. you. hear?
An-nie hard. at. work?
Quick! Watch! Wait!
See. the ways.
She
wat-ches.
Waits.
Lets go.

^WHen. An-nie. hears. a rus-tL-inG,
a Rumb-LinG,
OR. a SNAP!
if. sHe Sees a break
a tear,
>Release.LeT-go.ofThaT!<

^tHat's WHat. SHe. says.
anD pRouD-Ly So.
>No Sense at all<
she tHinkS.

>I'll Grieve the loss,
i WeigH-ed the coST.
I need
to dis-con-nect.
<

^"Wait!" says the caterpilLar.
"May-be it. will. grow."
>Careful, caterpiLLaR.
Time don't wait for us, you Know.


why hold on to the WhaT-s
Couldbe-s?
the should-s?
maybe-s?
OR miGHT-s?

In just a few days, CaterPiLLAr,
I'll maKe one Leaf Many.
before your very SiGHT.
<

^aLL CRe-a-TionS of the EaRtH
stoPPeD & sTaReD at heR.
buT wHen They'D PasseD,
12 moRe plUs tWO,
BloSSOmeD befoRe neW BuGS.

^WHen An-nie hears a rus-tL-inG,
a Rumb-LinG,
OR a SNAP!
if sHe Sees a break
or tear,
>Release.LeT-go.ofThaT!

Nothing's worth my depth oR height.<
^tHat's How SHe pRouDLy Roots.
anD So SHe'll gRoW,
now unTiLL no One Knows
FRee of WoRRY
caRe
& teaRs.

Kendall Crouther