I would say it’s magical—
although it can be explained—
the way the pepper bush hides
within a pale, flat, round seed
snuggled in the warm dirt,
the way it wakes only when it’s ready,
the way it unfurls arrow-shaped leaves,
stretches thin arms to bask in sunshine,
flirts with wind,
revels in rain,
and smiles in small white blooms.
I know this can be explained,
but it seems magical,
the way those blooms shed petals
and take on pale green skin,
the way they curve and grow longer each day,
deepening to red,
every day ripening
smooth, shiny, plump.
I pluck them free,
scoop out scores of seeds,
pale, flat, round,
for inside each
hides a pepper bush ready to emerge
when the time is right.
I dice these plump, ripe peppers,
taste their snappy sweetness,
and marvel at the goodness of the garden.
All of this can be explained,
But I say
– kh –
Nurture peace, cultivate the seeds of kindness, and carry the calm.
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