Unwanted Growth



A seed, carried on the winds of chance
finds purchase in a fertile spot.
Unobtrusively it takes up residence.
He does not know it’s there.
The seed doesn’t make its presence known.
It sits, waiting, biding its time
Until one day it begins to grow.
He does not know it’s there.
The seed blossoms
sending tendrils forth
where they root and continue to grow.
He doesn’t know it’s there
An accident
takes him to the hospital
where an x-ray shows unwanted growth.
He knows it’s there.
Tests are performed.
Interventions implemented.
But the seed is too strong.
He knows it’s there.
One seed
multiplies and multiplies,
growing stronger,
devouring life.
He has lost.
The seed has won.




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15 responses to “Unwanted Growth

  1. I am minded of the C word. This is a poignant one to read, the analogy is heartbreaking. I do pray this painful write is not based on real life and if it is, I am so sorry.

  2. What a powerful piece! This one gave me goosebumps reading it. The repetition, tight lines, pacing, personification of the seed… all contribute to this poem’s effectiveness.

  3. Dear Arjeha,
    How powerful and poignant your poetry is, beautifully captured even though it resonates with your pain. Thank you for using the power of your pain to remind us that even our deepest hurts can be beautifully conveyed to connect with others in our humanity.
    You’ve planted a seed of consolation – by reminding us that our writing can be a place of relief for our grief. Thank You. My condolences to you and your friends.

    ~Carla Michelle

  4. I was startled as the meaning of your poem revealed itself. The extended metaphor, the effective repetition, word choice all create a powerful poem. It certainly evoked an emotional response. Writing helps us deal with loss. A tribute to the special people in our lives.

  5. We know this story well, still does not make it easy to read… the unease sets in early and builds as you realize what seed is growing. So sorry for the loss of your friend.Prayers.

  6. Your slice is powerful. I’m sorry for the loss of your friend. Thank you for sharing.

  7. The mighty C seed. Thinking of you and hoping you find comfort in the lovely memories of your friend.

  8. Thanks, Fran. We are lucky we have our memories.

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