The Gift of Seeds

by Debbie Okun Hill

“To see things in the seed, that is genius.” – Lao Tzu

The moon’s rays lift me like a sky lantern floating beyond an old cedar fence. I was told:
place fresh ash leaves beneath a pillow and prophetic dreams will follow.

              Seeds are gift-wrapped runes.

The best time to collect ash samaras is on a non-rainy day but the rain and snow
have already snatched and buried the brown keys that unlock tomorrow’s ashes.

              I seek new ways to garden memories.

Artist Hans Heysen immortalized the majestic gum trees before they vanished
from Australian landscapes. My favourite:

              Droving into the light 1914-1921

Today, his fascination with sunlight inspires me. I dip my brush into water.
The imaginary buds unfurl their colours

              like calligraphy:                          riddles inked on a white papered lantern.

— from Juniper Volume 2, Issue 2