Poetry Month – Day 4

Today’s poem is a Minute Poem, in which each stanza has four lines (8 syllables in the first line and four in the subsequent lines).  This poem is in response to Paul Fleischman’s book Seedfolks.

Seedfolks

 

Community, in brokenness-

Bad neighborhood,

Trashed vacant lot,

Hopeless and sad.

 

A Vietnamese girl, with seeds

Moves trash and digs.

Other neighbors

Hesitated.

 

Hispanic, Haitian, young and old,

Male and female,

Started to change-

Minds and gardens.

 

Silence and darkness split open

As trash is moved,

Hope is restored,

and beauty grows.