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Five Seeds

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We planted five seeds,
so carefully.

For each seed,
We toiled the ground,
Loosening and preparing the earth.

For each seed,
We dug a hole
In the moist, wet soil.

We covered each with nutrients,
And we kept them warm and watered below.

We couldn't see the planted seeds,

But we knew they were growing.

Slowly, steadily, quietly.

Time passed,
And two beautiful sunflowers rose from the ground.
And they blossomed and glistened with morning dew.

But we planted five seeds.

What about the others?
Where are our three missing flowers?

Time passes,
And we know the other seeds will never grow.

They decompose,
They become earth.

But, perhaps, the ground is still fertile.
And there will be more seeds
And another season to try again.

And we will try

And again. And again,

until we have our garden.

Essayist, poet, and short story writer, Rachel Gurevich’s work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Pregnancy Magazine, The Hadassah Jewish Family Book of Health and Wellness (Jossey-Bass, 2006), Common Ties, and many others. She’s the author of two books, including the FabJob Guide to Become a Doula (FabJob, 2006) and The Doula Advantage (Three Rivers Press, 2003), which received endorsements from Dr. William Sears and author Ann Douglas. Rachel writes about infertility for, a New York Times Company. She’s the happy mother of two boys, and despite a diagnosis of secondary infertility, and her three angels in heaven, she’s still trying to grow her garden.

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