by Jim Farfaglia
Today begins the magic.
Today I become a nature god,
ensuring exact amounts of sunlight and darkness
for this simple potted greenery.
By Christmas Day
it will become a bright and brilliant red!
As I ponder this transformation
I think about my life
and how far from nature’s spectrum I have faded:
overly dependent on overhead lighting,
hunched for hours at my computer.
But what if I balanced my need for light & dark?
What routines, once so important,
would drop like spent leaves?
What richness would rise from my roots
and spread through my veins?
How bright and brilliant would my red be?