Rice Seedlings


Rice seedlings freed

by nimble fingers,

from overcrowded seedbeds,


pale in transplant shock,

bruised, bare roots

set tenderly in dampened soil.


See troops in endless lines,

below; absorbing, seeking, griping,

above; soak green from morning light.


Stand tall; straighten, strengthen.

Water, nourishment and sun,

all this is yours  –  get ready,




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