Category Archives: Poetry

The Language of Appearances

I Will Grow

Sherry Killam, teacher, author, visual artist.

Sherry Killam

“I love you just the way you are.”

I am the root,
stem, leaf, and flower
of myself.

Don’t hasten the bloom
with your aesthetic impatience.
If the hope of a flower
attracts you,
take care to cultivate me.

Nourish my roots first
Light, air, space for my leaves

If you don’t have the time
buy some pretty cut flowers
and leave me alone.
I will grow.

Colorful flowers against field and sky.
Fragility of Flowers Painting by Sherry Killam