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Acceptance, a Seed

BY HALLIE DONG (staff writer)


Acceptance,

A seed,

Planted deep within

Earthy soils

Smelling of home,

Right before a summer storm


It wiggles until it fits,

Perfectly,

Embedded between beds of moss

And surrounded by the falling

Of petals.


But when will it bloom?

Will it be soon,

When the foreigners come,

Drenched in despair and the rain of change?


Will it be soon,

When the new student peeks

Her nervous head into a classroom?


Will it be soon,

When the ones around you realize,

First,

So you don’t have to

Stand out,

Seemingly

Alone?


Will it be soon,

When next year,

You have to visit the place

Your mother

And her mother

And her grandmother

And her great-grandmother

All called home,

So you escape,

Narrowly,

The boulders of heavy stares

Laden upon your back?


No,

It won’t.


Then,

It will be too late.


Instead,

Water your seed

Of acceptance

With kind words,

And love,

And understanding,

And starting from yourself,


Letting the little seed grow,

And grow,

And grow,

And stretch its branches and its evergreen leaves,


Reaching towards the sky,

Towards a hope,

Towards a future


Where we all exist

In peace

And in love,

The seeds of acceptance in

Radiant bloom,


All


Season


Long.


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