Avocado pit swaddled and tucked away.
Weeks later sending forth roots.
Too small to sustain your stem, I wait.
I am too long in remembering,
And tender shoots turn brown.
I reproach myself for this neglect,
Disappointment and opportunity wasted.
As you return to earth, I find the lesson.
Order more green avocados.
So learning can begin again.
Organic avocados arrive anew.
Enjoy the fruit and trust me with the pit.
Remember past lessons, watch and care.
Plant at just the right time.
Greening stems from resilience.
I wrote the first two stanzas of this poem a few months ago after I tried and failed with a first attempt at growing a plant from an avocado pit. I have added a third stanza, as my past failures informed my current success. This poem is shared with thanks to The Empress of Dirt for instructions, to others who use research and knowledge to guide us well, and to T who helps me grow plants out of pits.