“We have this treasure in earthen vessels” [Poetry]

I think it will survive—the tomato plant on
our neighbors’ porch. The wind, the other day,
pushed through our valley in mighty gusts,
forcing over trees and fences, and devastating
the work of the children of man.
Our neighbors’ porch (they were out of town)
received a burst of it, shredding their cabana’s soft roof to ribbons,
and knocking over that tomato plant.

When we crossed the property boundary,
we pushed things into the corners, to provide
a modicum of shelter; that plant’s pot,
it was cracked, and only half still surrounded
the formed potted dirt.
But the soil was good, strong; the roots
had infiltrated, and now held it together;
the round-red fruit still hung on the vines.
Yes, I think that that plant will be fine.


About Danny Slavich

I am a Christian husband, father, pastor, and poet. I lead Pembroke Road Baptist Church a multi-cultural, multi-generational church in urban South Florida.
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