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Small green plants sprout from divided pots
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Every type of relationship between living people
will evolve into something ungrowable, plain, or luscious.
I can plant a seed and never witness its growth.
I can plant a seed and watch the flower sprout into a stagnated blossom.
I can plant a seed and see nonstop roses reproduce
gardens for generations.
I categorize all my dealings with humans
based on these outlooks.
I’ll forever be shoveling, digging, and watering flower beds.
It’s 50-50.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

E.D.H. is a poet who was raised in Compton in Los Angeles. He is currently incarcerated in California. He has asked to be published under his pen name.