Small progress, to be sure,

overlooked by all casual observers,

but don’t miss its significance. It is

profundity in prose,

a missive spelling out

constitutional reform,

 emancipation of slaves. It is

a palette of life to starving artists,

Monet painting van Gogh

in the round.

A Master Chef’s confection

to a parched refugee,

it teases taste buds

and tastes of freedom. It is

story choreographed,

bringing tears unbidden in

 a dark theater,

goosebumps on arms

beneath evening dress.

Beethoven’s ears opening to

Moonlight Sonata

for the first time

and dancing with the pulse of

a thousand known notes

are contained in its single song.

Galaxies are formed in its confinement,

hope carved in foliar flare;

life lives here.

See it


new eyes.

Taste it.

Feel it in the way your chest moves in and out,

how your brow contracts in the thinking.

Small progress, to be sure –

but don’t .





For a devotional on this theme, visit Growing with God in my Garden

31 comments on “Significance

  1. phillymanjim says:

    Beautiful Poem. Wonderful Metaphord…and the accompanying photograph…You the man Melody!

  2. phillymanjim says:

    Melody, I hit enter too fast. That would be Metaphor.

  3. Caddo-Jael says:

    What a wonderful, wonderful poem–full to bursting with breath and heat beat, and awakening, boundless creativity. Great work!

  4. Wow! That one took me for a ride…loved it:)

  5. dereklubangakene says:

    Even without the photograph, we’d still be transported to this beautiful nature. Its beautiful how the words and the pixels compliment each other.

    • melodylowes says:

      Thanks! I almost always write with the image in front of me for inspiration, so that would explain how they fit together. I may need to write a poem about words and pixels… 🙂

  6. unbelievable beauty and depth!

  7. russtowne says:

    A breathless view of an amazing miracle viewed up close and from the edge of the universe. I enjoyed this one too!

    • melodylowes says:

      It IS an amazing miracle – how do these plants survive our brutal winters, and grow as soon as there is sunshine? I love the hope in this annual rebirth. Thanks Russ!

  8. Lovely! Such a beautiful ode to spring! SEE the little things.

  9. Heidi Viars says:

    marvelous how you can capture these tiny things in nature and relay a huge message …

    • melodylowes says:

      I am learning to see things differently as I open my eyes in new ways – it has been a significant shift in my thinking, and a lot of fun, too!

  10. lylekrahn says:

    You really cranked this one up a notch. It must have been the photo.

  11. Seyi sandra says:

    Excellente! Perfecto!!! Don’t know how to describe your poem!!!

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