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collecting ripe seeds 
season’s floral abundance  
sowing them in prepared trays 
brings fresh hope of renewal

the praying mantis sups on a small cutworm
young shoots 
on the confetti bushes are already stripped bare
the white butterfly
had hopefully laid its black eggs on the branch
but it will not now complete its life cycle

aspirations are cut short – 
life continues to turn on its own axis 
with or without our input

change us 
irrespective of our thoughts on the matter 
or our resistance 
we may live in denial but to no avail 
resisting the changes only frustrates us

we cling to the known 
sometimes unwelcome present state, struggling to survive against all odds
mourning loss of youth and vim 
we all succumb to death of the mortal flesh

as the butterfly 
had met with its fate 
in an altered state
so we 
meet our own fate in our present altered state 
acceptance frees us

is the recognition of the transient nature of our present state and 
that events unfold without our influence
we are the seeds for the next generation  
planting hope for a better, brighter future

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