Just some thoughts...

Every day, as I write Poetiquejustis, I pray it will be a blessing to someone.
Today, I hope it is you.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What Grows in the Shade

We have been friends together in sunshine and in shade

Caroline Norton

Yesterday, I had coffee with a wonderful young woman who admitted that she is stubborn

Stubborn enough to believe that the vegetable patch she planted under a shade tree

is going to produce a bumper crop.


I can see her gently tapping her foot

and having a conversation with the beans and the tomatoes

who nod their leaves and keep reaching for the sun as she cheers them on

But I wonder if she realizes that this shady place

is a metaphor for her life

Because when she is not trying to coax plants to rise above the geography of their lives

she is doing the same with people

She works with kids who are struggling to grow in the shade of poverty

and the shadow of the inner city

And she and her fellow laborers

in that field are just as stubborn about that

The sun is not always going to shine on our dream

or our plan

or even our prayer

But that doesn’t mean that we should give up

trying to help it grow

And that’s poetiquejustis