Careful Eye, Precise Thumb

It is easy to tend a garden if you care
to pluck the dead heads and
notice the skipping and swarming motes
of life feasting on the leaves. It is
easy to tend a garden if you
are vigilant, easy to see the
shiny stalks poke through the earth, and watch
the long buds form, burst to color, and
the petal fall. It is hard, though,
to measure the growth between the minutes.
Surely it must happen – the flowers are so tall!
But why did I notice the buds, and not
the subtle growth?

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