Leah-Joy Smith

You’re not always going to bloom.
Sometimes, new life
Will grow slowly.
Yes, slowly.
But isn’t that what we want?

All good growth
Is slow. So slow
It can’t be seen.
Good growth runs down
Deep before it slowly
Lifts in praise.

The stretching, moving,
Making of roots,
It hurts. And often
No one sees it.
But that longleaf pine still
Needs her roots
To survive
The fire.

And so do you.
So do I.