The ground in my back yard is mostly sand between the bushes. But then it rains and it becomes clear how many seeds are buried in that sand. Rain is a good metaphor for all kinds of nurturing. When the rain doesn’t come for a while, more yellow shows from the ground. When it comes again, the ground is green.
Dry skin in winter,
wind burnt in spring, the ground
turns to green fuzz
after rain, grows out ragged
as an adolescent’s beard.