The seed within

It began just a fleck

A shimmering particle

That settled

Nestled inside a crook

In a crack

Where the olive tree lay

Encapsulated

Shielded and withering

Until that one summer day

Where smiles shone like sunbeams

And laughter trickled as rain

Filling the furrows, racing to the heart

Seeping down past the bark

Filtering through sinews

Refreshing the shrivelled core

Pumping life back into these old branches

And waking the buds

Of a dying carcass

Leaving but a sapling

Encased in ancient shards

Hope softly singing

Growing inside a shell that sings no more

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