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.


88 Replies to “Poetry Sunday-Be Like A Seed”

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    1. 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!

  4. 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!

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

    Lots of love,

  6. 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!

    1. 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!

  7. 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…

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

  9. Donna:
    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.

    1. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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,


    1. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. Donna,

    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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

    1. 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.

  19. 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

    1. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

  22. 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.

    1. 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.

  23. 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.

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

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