A Seed on the Wind
A seed on the wind as it travels alone,
does it feel isolation as it looks for a home?
The breeze carries it aloft and sometimes quite high,
will it land in a spot that is wet or quite dry?
Will the conditions it lands in meet all of its needs,
or would its chances have been better on an easterly breeze?
Of seeds born to the wind there must be many,
so at least a few make it to the land of seed plenty.
Where a cycle of freeze and thaw is step one,
for the seed to sprout it will need good soil and sun.
Bright orange flames of fire flicker on thatch,
to soon leave the prairie a charcoal black patch.
Down came the rain, it fell all around,
it loosened the soil and moistened the ground.
Forbs and grasses of green cover the black,
this seed found a home where the cover does lack.
Grazing the grass fills bison need,
allows warmth and the sun down to this little seed.
From that seed emerged a tiny green shoot,
that soon put down a nice little root.
The bison that graze the grasses down low,
add nutrients and microbes that help the plant grow.
In the place where this little seed did land,
a plant of its species does now stand.
The new root has grown and is now very deep,
so that this plant can survive a long winters sleep.
In the spring, the plant will grow to be tall,
it will flower this summer, and set seed in the fall.
When the fall breeze blows, the seed will take to the air,
hoping to land on good ground that is bare.
Where can one find this wondrous glory?
At a place called Nachusa, that inspired this story!
This poem was written by Paul Swanson, a volunteer at Nachusa Grasslands.
Photos courtesy of Dee Hudson and Charles Larry.
1/23/2017 12:44:40 pm
This was a beautiful post. Thank you for inspiring me!
1/23/2017 10:19:54 pm
Jeff, the same could be said for you. As I finished the poem the thought occurred to me that I would have never written it if it weren't for the blog. Thank you for the opportunity to explore new endeavors.
1/26/2017 10:54:21 am
How beautiful the words and pictures. I imagined myself a tiny seed on a journey, and adventure, growing into a plant deeply rooted upon the prairie
1/26/2017 03:53:38 pm
Thanks Eriko, Somme Prairie Grove like Nachusa must be a good place for a seed to land. It's been just over a year since you "blew in" and I'd say your roots in restoration work have grown faster and deeper then most. Your energy, your effort, and your kindness are inspiring. Thanks for all you do!
1/31/2017 03:35:44 pm
Very nice, Paul!
2/2/2017 05:49:32 pm
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I am a nature photographer, a freelance graphic designer, and steward at Nachusa's Thelma Carpenter Prairie. I have taken photos for Nachusa since 2012.
I have been a high school French teacher, registered piano technician, and librarian. In retirement I am a volunteer historian at Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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