Embrace

photo of a tree's branches as seen from below, with the sun streaming through the leaves

Arms sprawling outwards,
embrace the warmth of the sun
as ancient trees do.

Union

close up photo of the seed pods of a plant in the nightshade family

Birds of a feather,
bound as one, by flesh and blood—
seeds of flower crops.

Facades

close up photo of the bud of a sunflower, starting to unravel its layers

Sunflower bud’s life—
a multi-layered affair;
everyone wears masks.

Work

close up photo of small cherry tomatoes in the palm of a person's hand

Dig, sweat, toil away,
reap gains of a lifetime’s work:
handful of goodness.

Lesson

close up photo of two aubergines (eggplants) in the plant, one considerably more mature than the other

Older aubergine,
teaches young one to hang on—
lessons in living.