Rice Seedlings

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Rice seedlings freed

by nimble fingers,

from overcrowded seedbeds,

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pale in transplant shock,

bruised, bare roots

set tenderly in dampened soil.

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See troops in endless lines,

below; absorbing, seeking, griping,

above; soak green from morning light.

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Stand tall; straighten, strengthen.

Water, nourishment and sun,

all this is yours  –  get ready,

grow.

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