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Sometimes it Hurts to Grow

It’s taken me this long

to notice how spring

begins to fill herself in

like fall in reverse.


Splotchy brown leaves mix together

with pre-pubescent ones

glowing more lemon than lime

while others appear

more muted and mauve.


Each leaf growing into

its own true shade of green.


Have you noticed

how sometimes renewal

starts off looking like decay?


And have you heard

that sound of invisible

late summer rain?


The heavy

plop plop thump

of seeds falling

ready to take root.


Do you get where I’m going?


Aren’t tears just like that?

A harbinger of new growth

A release that brings …

and furthers us forward.



- Lauren Taub Cohen






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