In high school I used to write poetry–even though it’s not exactly considered “cool” to write poetry when you’re in high school.  I usually wrote poems for my eyes only, maybe allowing close family members to read them on rare occasions, but in my junior year I decided to send in a couple select poems to a competition for high school writers.  My poem “Plant A Seed” was selected for the Editor’s Choice Award in the 2005 edition of A Celebration of Young Poets and at times when I’m struggling with a storyline or banging my head against the desk wondering why I ever thought I could be a writer it still helps to pull out the book this poem was published in.  Kinda like a gentle reminder that though not every word I pen may be brilliant, there still exists a voice in me that speaks most eloquently when I set a pen to paper.

Plant a seed into the ground,
Stand back and watch it grow.
Watch it spread its wings of life,
Withstand the heat or snow.
Watch its leaves turn many shades,
Watch it and you’ll see
That by and by your seed will grow
And sprout into a tree.
Its roots grow deep, its shade is cool,
It stands tall as years pass by.
But one day soon it knows it must
Grow old, wither and die.
Trees pass away, their roots dry up,
They fulfill their lifelong deed.
But if you look, I’m sure you’ll find
They’ve left behind a seed.
Plant the seed into the ground,
Stand back and watch it grow.
Watch it spread its wings of life,
Withstand the heat or snow.
Watch its leaves turn many shades,
Watch it and you’ll see,
That by and by your seed of love
Will grow into a tree.

What inspires or encourages you in your writing?

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