When a seed is conceived,
it needs a particular mix of commodities
in order to survive.
Should it germinate,
its list of requirements increases;
a list which is unique for each type
and every individual seed.
A few are weak from the start,
some weaken before they leave the parent plant,
nibbled by insects, or blocked from their feed,
while others take a premature fall.
Many swell with health, only to land on concrete or rock,
and be crushed beneath careless feet,
or scoffed by wild beasts.
The lucky ones find fertile soil,
but they’re all vulnerable to attack, accidents, lack of sustenance,
and so it goes, even as they grow,
a host of advantages and dangers can change their chemical makeup.
Later, sun and shade can stunt their growth or perfect their shape.
Water may kill them or help them to thrive.
Nutrients may be insufficient,
washed away by the rain or absorbed by strangers and siblings.
Every twist in their existence is indelibly inscribed in their history,
altering their strengths and weaknesses,
adjusting their needs.
Every day they’re in danger from parasites,
at risk of mishap of every kind.
If you see a weak lily
please don’t discredit it,
but reach out with kindness;
you may save its life.
The Daily Post #Soil
©Jane Paterson Basil