A Seed Thought

I came across a poem lately that can mean a lot of things to many people.  They are beautiful words about accepting the growth process of things in life, including ourselves.  But I also hear something in this poem about the writing process.

It speaks to me about the evolution of a story, about how we may be frustrated along the way but to trust that there is a story somewhere developing to its full potential.  All writers get frustrated with the growing pains of a story but it’s liberating to think of the process in a less hostile way, that everything is as it should be, growing into itself. I hope you find something inspiring in this poem, whether it’s for your writing or some other area of your life.

 

A Seed Thought by W. Timothy Gallwey

When we plant a seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as ‘rootless and stemless’

We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed.

When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don’t condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; nor do we criticize the buds for not being open when they appear.

We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development.

The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies.

Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change; yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly alright as it is.


9 Responses to A Seed Thought

  1. Hi Marianne,

    I liked the poem, full of the tenderness and vulnerability of new life. Funnily it reminds me most about how I felt when I started writing a year ago, and the first time I showed my work to others. Writing is fundamentally about sharing part of yourself, and that was a scary experience when I’d never done it before.

    It’s interesting that you thought about the evolution of a story – my current work has been axed, burnt, pruned, and honed until only the initial core concept remains… If all the stories I write go through this process then rather than a safe, gentle nurturing and growth they are going to be brutalised into submission… More like carving a sculpture from stone. I envy you your gentle work ethic. 😉

    • I do a lot of pruning too. I call it tough love. Through it all, I know it’s the best thing for the story, to cut away the dead wood and let the story grow to its full potential. Thanks for stopping by, TJ.

  2. I love a good story and a poem is a very short story. Anything that gets you to think is magical and this is a key example of why somethings should be kept on hand. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. This made me think about people, from childhood to adulthood and how we criticise the youth for being young yet do not do the same with young plants. But, young plants don’t try to be anything other than young plants, young children always feel they are older than they are. Perhaps that’s why it links with writing too, a story doesn’t try to be anything other than what we make it.

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