Miracle Grow

The reason I keep expecting
that tree to start falling over
is because I bent my head
in an unnatural position
and I don’t know how to set it right.
Of course that doesn’t give nature
the right to betray the laws of physics,
although you’d be surprised
at what the power of suggestion
can accomplish. For instance,
the other day I was walking in the field
marked “please do not walk on the grass,”
and I said there used to be grass here,
and the next day it was gone.
But around that time I started walking
on the pavement, careful not to step
on any of the cracks in case a tree
might suddenly burst through.
I wouldn’t want my misguided direction
to inhibit any potential growth.

By Joshua Keiter

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