growing my petals
life grows. life is challenging and confusing, but no matter what, there are beautiful petals, waiting to grow.
i was once a seed rooting through the tight underground learning to wiggle through mother nature’s bed learning to make space for myself i once danced through the soil finding my way up to the surface learning to navigate into concrete learning to push through i once set my roots in place letting them hold me as i ascended learning to rise into the sun’s embrace learning to stretch far into the world i once let my stem spark rising into what they call the real world learning to reach for the sky-scraping trees learning to grow for the endless blue i then grew my first leaf shining under the warm light of life learning to grow from the rain learning to shape myself i thought it was all of me a bright and crisp feeling glimmering green under every ray until my stem kept growing pushing against my skin sprouting a new leaf standing beside its first grasp of life it began to thrive to drink the sunlight a fresh beginning a new fragment to my stem as it smiled under its first time under the sky a garden of my leaves grew on me with little rips and restyled shapes my stems starting to fill ready to bloom into its full species the ovary of my flower who began to suck in life taking the lessons of my leaves a messenger to my petals my filaments placed in a standing ovation nurtured by my leaves who learned to accept their lives holding my petals strong as my petals bloomed growing from my pistil rising in their sunset marigold body warm and united today i am a flower dancing under the sun growing more petals and leaves becoming whole day by day i stand and listen to the roaring wind listening as the sea sings watching as the sky paints itself i am in a garden of all flowers from whispering daisies to bold roses i live with them all each with hidden stories springing from deep roots living strong for my gardeners reaching for the stars as i am watered spreading my petals and growing new ones today i am a flower with every piece of me from my roots to my pistil listening to the world sing and growing my petals
I was inspired to write this piece after monitoring the growth of a flower, from a seed to a beautifully standing part of nature. Like flowers, we as humans experience many changes as we grow through life. I incorporated many features of a flower in its stages of life, from the roots to the petals. Growth can be tricky no matter the situation, but like flowers and many other beauties of this world, there is always beauty in every moment. With the use of personification, this poem symbolizes the growth we experience as individuals, even in the complicated parts of life.
Shoilee Mandal is a high school sophomore in New York City. She finds inspiration for art and writing through the diversity within her city and beyond, hoping to deepen her understanding of different cultures and voices through journalism, poetry, and short stories.