Slice of Life 2019: Day 19
Hidden beneath brown leaves
they push up as little sheathes.
Soft, orange, and hairy —
At first they look scary.
Like a fresh born baby before its bath,
or a drunk at his draught.
A closer look at the tender shoot,
as it erupts from its mother’s root,
reveals a baby fern unraveling,
uncoiling and upwardly traveling,
seedlessly toward the sky,
spindly and spry.