NaPoWriMo Poem #16: Growth

By Daniel Paiz

There are times when you have to take a step back to truly see where you are and if you look close enough, who you are. Those can be trying times, but they are necessary to better yourself. Growth is absolutely a slow process, but a necessary one as we find out in the following piece that kicks off the second half of NaPoWriMo 2019.


Seeds are something I admire and

yet can be frustrated by,

mainly because I want them to bloom

before they’re even buried.

Growth is very similar to that kind of mentality,

it isn’t something that will happen by wishing it,

but rather by time and patience and

realizing it can’t be forced.

Nothing when it comes to truly enhancing who you are

can actually be done in an afternoon or a few days.

If it did, then it wouldn’t mean much.


Flower petals can best explain what growth truly is,

have you ever looked at the veins in a plant,

the miniscule tributaries and arteries that

comprise the sides and bodies of said greenery.

Take a moment to reflect on why so many

buzzing beings hover and work to consume them.

Bees and hummingbirds know

far more than we fathom,

because they see what growth is:

feeding your inner self.


Regardless of what struggle you face,

how or why you’ve caught a case,

laced without a trace your life in

a vice grip before things for you slip,

take a moment to observe a dandelion,

or a daisy, or even a tree leaf.

You might just realize,

what you’ve been seeking will simply need more time.


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