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The Plant of Life — A Poem

Lejla Zornic
Graphic by Lejla Zornic

The Plant of Life

I arouse one day, a seed planted into the ground 

I will flourish but eventually fall and be re-built

I’m in the center of the world 

As I look up I see only one thing standing in between the world and me  


I am the sunrise that sets to depart at my time 

When it pours my seed sprouts and I rise 

As daybreaks and the nightfall passes 

The others flourish by 

They come and go just like a cycle that never ends 

I can drop back into the soil any second because of nature 





All natural disasters that can make me perish 

When I seek beyond my forthcoming 

I wonder will I live again 

Looking into the white dense turbulent   

Further than I reach thinking 

Will I see the leaves be reborn 

Will I be as tall and firm as the others 

Because just in a second I can be gone 

A human form can walk by

Drop a reefer and I can be gone 

I can be melted like a skull on fire or a burning wood and turn into ash 

We can be zapped out of existence


And no one will care 

But I will live again 

I will continue to grow

And grow. 

When that day comes 

I will be ready 

To be awakened and animate all over again


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Lejla Zornic, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Lejla Zornic is a junior Media and Communication major attending St. John Fisher University. She currently serve as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for the Courier. She dedicates her time to volunteering as an English tutor in hopes of igniting love for learning with the students she works with. She has found a special interest in social media marketing and plans to build her skill set in the digital content realm.
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    Jaylen BrantleyOct 26, 2023 at 12:41 am

    I really enjoyed your word choice, felt like you were able to control the imagery and give the correct feeling that you were trying to put out. Nice poem!