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Poetry Sunday-Be Like A Seed




Be Like A Seed



See not the hopeless, helpless time.

Go instead underground

And be like a seed.



Seek instead the nourishment within your own soul.

Bringing refreshment and urging you to grow.

Letting go of your outer shell.



Draw your courage from deep inside,

It is there waiting to be summoned,

With perseverance and resilience.



To push you through the weeds and hard rocky soil.

To grow as you dreamed bearing flower or fruit.

Finally becoming the seed once again.




 © Donna Donabella 2015


I love the perseverance and resilience that seeds and plants show as they bust through any barrier to grow.  This poem was written in response to this and how I feel as I heal and grow, create and expand my life.



Aunt MaryAnd as I think about seeds, I think of the strong influences in my life.  One being my Aunt Mary who is 93 years old.  Her story of courage and strength is being printed today.  I wrote her memoir to add to the stories of women who helped in the fight during WWII; referred to as Rosie the Riveters.  You can read Aunt Mary’s story and other Rosie’s stories to at the Rosie’s Daughters website.

And if you do like the story, please leave a comment at the end of the story.  And don’t forget to read some of the other Rosie stories you will find on the website!







I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

seed collage

I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  



If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others. I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs. 







Special Note:  The pictures here are of our native swamp milkweed plant, Asclepias incarnata, sporting its seeds that will spread out across the land growing more of this beautiful plant that is an important nectar source for pollinators and an even more important larval host plant for the monarch butterfly.




I leave you with a few additional words about Being Like A Seed.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.


All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.


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  1. July 5, 2015    

    A beautiful encapsulation of the cycle of life. Thank you.

  2. July 5, 2015    

    simply inspirational Donna. i really like the photo you used in the poem. the seeds experience hardships too but you’re correct it will find a way to survive

    • July 5, 2015    

      Thanks so much totomai….it was one of those poems that just flowed from me and the words took on such a a strong meaning.

  3. x x
    July 5, 2015    

    It is a round about life, seed to seed, and all we do with it between. Or I guess plants.
    We at least return to fertilize the earth. Ha. But our influence lives on in the lives we touch.

    • July 5, 2015    

      I agree…that influence is felt down through the ages.

  4. July 5, 2015    

    Congratulations on publishing your Aunt’s memoirs – like this poem a fitting tribute and made me think differently about underground..if the roots are healthy so will be the flowers

    • July 5, 2015    

      Thanks Jae Rose….when I began to think of my Aunt, I was thinking of seeds and how impressive they are as they build that root system first and foremost….quite a lesson to learn!

  5. July 5, 2015    

    It takes persistence to be a seed and to push through all the stones, etc. just to grow! But, in the ends, the rewards are worth it!

    • July 5, 2015    

      It does take persistence doesn’t it Mary….and I love the rewards for the hard work!

  6. July 5, 2015    

    This is so beautiful.. I admire the passion and the message conveyed in this wonderful poem 🙂
    Beautifully executed 😀

    Lots of love,

    • July 5, 2015    

      Oh Sanaa thank you so much….this means so much to me! Lots of love to you too!

      • July 5, 2015    

        You’re welcome.. have a nice weekend 🙂

  7. July 5, 2015    

    What a perfect thought: be like a seed. I love it! Thank you for your poem and the perfect photos that go with it.

    • July 5, 2015    

      You are most welcome Susan! Watching seeds grow and surprise me in my garden was an incredible inspiration!

  8. July 5, 2015    

    Inspirational. Life is all kinds of miraculous, isn’t it? I planted tomato seeds in the dead of winter, put them under grow lights and this week made a nice marinara sauce for the family. From a tiny seed to a big plant providing us with many meals. I just can’t quite wrap my head around it. Love the photos. And I cannot wait to hear more about your Aunt Mary!

    • July 5, 2015    

      Thanks os much Debra….I am so pleased you really enjoyed it. I couldn’t agree with you more about how this tiny seed becomes a huge plant with fruit for the table!

    • July 5, 2015    

      Debra the post just went up…here is the link:

  9. July 5, 2015    

    so much power within a tiny seed is truly amazing…it does break the hard crust and bursts forth…so are some lives born to inspire others…powerful lines Donna…

    • July 5, 2015    

      Thanks Sumana….I was glad to be able to capture her story and share it.

  10. CC CC
    July 5, 2015    

    This is so inspirational….I love the optimism in it, but also the spunky strength 🙂

    • July 5, 2015    

      Thanks CC…I get that from the women in my family! Strong women!

  11. July 5, 2015    

    A wonderful post, Donna!

  12. July 5, 2015    

    Thanks for sharing your poem as well as your story about Aunt Mary. Your aunt definitely is a seed that flourished, putting down deep roots, pushing up through hardship and responsibility. Yet she thrived as we all can.
    Your photographs are beautiful.

    • July 5, 2015    

      Thanks so much for visiting the post Matilda and leaving this lovely comment….she indeed has thrived as we all can!

  13. July 5, 2015    

    This a lovely inspiring poem and so is the story of your Aunt’s life.

    • July 5, 2015    

      Thanks Cherie…so happy you enjoyed the story and poem!

  14. July 5, 2015    

    A beautiful poem, and tribute to your aunt……how wonderful that you wrote a memoir piece about her so her stories will not be lost.

    • July 5, 2015    

      I am so glad you enjoyed the post and story Sherry….I wish I had been wise enough to write down some other family stories too so they would not be lost! Our history is so precious.

  15. Vinay Leo R. Vinay Leo R.
    July 5, 2015    

    Inspiring. I thought at first, it was a three line poem, that opening verse was such that I thought it could stand on its own and say it 🙂 Enjoyed reading. Thank you.

    Leo @ I Rhyme Without Reason.

    • July 5, 2015    

      Thank you Leo…I appreciate the feedback and yes those first 3 lines could indeed stand on its own.

  16. July 5, 2015    

    So interesting to think of those seeds and what kind of flowers that might spring.. Lovely.

    • July 5, 2015    

      Thanks Bjorn….seeds are fascinating!

  17. July 5, 2015    

    a perfect poem! beautiful and inspirational!

    • July 5, 2015    

      How very nice of you to say so Nataša…thank you!

  18. July 5, 2015    

    This poem is itself like a seed, growing courage. I loved reading this Donna. I’ll drop by to read your aunt’s story during the week.

    • July 5, 2015    

      I am so happy to hear you saw this in my poem…and I appreciate your support Myrna of my poem and story.

  19. July 5, 2015    

    The cycle of life beautifully depicted … and your aunt looks wonderful at her age! 🙂

    • July 5, 2015    

      Thanks Loredana…she is a strong person physically and spiritually!

  20. July 5, 2015    

    A tiny seed can grow and bear the biggest and most beautiful fruit. Kudos to your aunt!

    • July 5, 2015    

      Thanks Gabriella…she is an amazing person.

  21. July 5, 2015    

    The seed is a wondrous being…a kind of reincarnation and regeneration all wrapped up in new life.

  22. July 5, 2015    

    This is an inspiring poem. It reminds me a bit of Judy Colllins’s song, “I Have Learned to Love the Fallow Way,” which she wrote about the process of recovering from her son’s death.

    • July 6, 2015    

      So happy you enjoyed the poem Jean and thanks for your inspirational comment!

  23. July 5, 2015    

    It is amazing to me how indifferently most seeds are planted and yet still put down roots and find the sun. I really like your celebration of that reality,


    • July 6, 2015    

      That is one of the wonders of a seed…it can grow with so little given time….I have had seeds bloom 2 and 3 years after I plant them…amazing really.

  24. July 5, 2015    

    What a lovely extended metaphor. Life affirming, really.

    • July 6, 2015    

      What a truly wonderful comment Wendy! Thank you….

  25. July 6, 2015    

    A good metaphor, the seed. And your story if your aunt brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful woman!

    • July 6, 2015    

      *of your aunt

    • July 6, 2015    

      Thank you Rosemary….the lives of people we don’t know….so very glad you liked the story.

  26. July 6, 2015    

    Unfortunately, the people I know who let nothing hold them back typically bear annoying fruit. I’m exaggerating (probably).

    • July 6, 2015    

      Such is life Lowe….but I think those who labor and struggle and do so quietly live the most inspiring lives….

  27. July 6, 2015    

    Lifes’ cycle is so clear but humanity often wants more and fail to see the true picture of who we are and what our purpose is. All living things have the the same mission but we seem to read too much into our own personal desires and forget why we are here. Beautiful post.

    • July 6, 2015    

      Yes Robin….we do get caught up in our desires that are all about ourselves….I am so glad you enjoyed the post!

  28. Such a lovely poem..yes I will visit your link! 🙂

  29. July 6, 2015    

    The great resilience of a seed is one of the beauties of nature.

    • July 6, 2015    

      I couldn’t agree more…one of nature’s wonders!

  30. July 6, 2015    


    There are times when challenges arrive in life, that it does take personal energies and lots of resilience to push on and to push through. The rewards can be so powerful for future endeavours…
    Great subject and lovely auntie story and photo…

    • July 6, 2015    

      Exactly Eileen…those rewards have been the most cherished times as I look back on my life….glad you enjoyed my Aunt’s story!

  31. July 6, 2015    

    luv the reference of drawing from within and then bursting forth to continue the cycle of life

    I am happy you dropped in at my Sunday Lime

    much love…

  32. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    July 6, 2015    

    This is very good advice perfectly portrayed in word and picture.

    • July 6, 2015    

      Such lovely praise…thank you Kerry!

  33. July 6, 2015    

    I appreciated this post today, Donna. I have lived with depression nearly all of my life and have recently tried an entirely new path toward managing/alleviating it. This poem encouraged me along that path.

    • July 6, 2015    

      Oh Kim your comment means so much to me! I am so gladdened that this poem helped you on your path!

  34. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    July 6, 2015    

    You recounted Mother Nature’s story from seed to seed very nicely. I am naughty and grab handfuls of milkweed seeds and let them parachute around to new homes. 🙂
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Donna.

    • July 6, 2015    

      Ah I love that Judith, but will they let those milkweed grow….I am trying to move a patch to the meadow so I can have a space for a fruit garden.

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  36. July 7, 2015    

    they look so small and fragile so its good to be reminded of the seed’s strength of purpose – an analogy for all of us to draw on in the darkest moments – lovely poem Donna and illustrated with those fabulous seedhead p.s thought you might be interested in seeing them from a microscopic view

    • July 7, 2015    

      Oh Laura that was magical. If I could, I would let my whole garden become this plant…its color, and scent are incredible…and the masses of insects and butterflies that flock to it just makes it more amazing….fascinating up close look at a prized and until recently overlooked plant. It is making a comeback here on the roadsides and I see more people letting it grow on the edges of their gardens. Hopefully the monarch will make a comeback too!

  37. July 7, 2015    

    I so enjoyed every single word! Thank you!

    • July 7, 2015    

      Thank you Robin…it means a lot to me!

  38. July 7, 2015    

    Sage advice from one who has been there. Becoming like a seed is also seeding the self. I am reading sslowly these days but will try to circle round to read the bio-story you mention.

    • July 7, 2015    

      Very wise and poignant thought Susan…thank you and thank you for reading my Aunt’s story…I appreciate the support!

  39. July 7, 2015    

    Hi Donna, such lovely thoughts and stunning images. Just my cup of tea! Great new website too – is this the replacement for the other one? Keep up the good work and have a great week 🙂

    • July 7, 2015    

      Thanks so much Annette for visiting and your lovely comment. No this is not a replacement, but an additional blog where I can write more poetry and life lessons. My garden blog will continue too! I hope you will stop by again!

  40. July 7, 2015    

    DONNA! This is another one of your profound thoughts of inspiration (the Poster) as well as the other pieces. May the Spirit continue to hover over you.

    • July 8, 2015    

      Thank you so much…your words have touched me deeply and I am grateful for the joy they bring….sometimes poems just come into us and must be shared…this was one of those.

  41. July 8, 2015    

    Beautiful poem. I had forgotten all about poets united. I used to post there but was very sick last autumn with bi-lateral pneumonia and Haven’t posted there since then.

    • July 8, 2015    

      Thank you….would love to see you at Poetry United again. I have only been there the past several months.

  42. July 10, 2015    

    Good genes in your family with Aunt May. That is wonderful. A wonderful poem too. Life has its trials, but growing stronger from them.

    • July 10, 2015    

      Thank you Donna! Absolutely on those good genes….and the lessons I have learned from Aunt Mary!

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