This Life: Substructure  for the Next

This lifetime—
substructure for the next.
Completed, body shed,
it becomes a blueprint

embedded in a seed,
then a kind of root system
holding in place
what slowly emerges
as  green shoots
of new life.

The seed, asleep.
Does it have dreams
of adventures to come,
triumphs and failures,
joy, pain, here and there
sublime blossoming?

Can it envision that
which is beyond
and different than
what it had been?

That, I think,
 is likely left
to living.
November, 2020
Painting: "Bridging Heaven and Earth" (2010)