Grows & Dies

Love grows like a seed
Planted in your heart
Watered and cared for it grows
Flourishes and fills the space
Goes beyond the heart and towards the lungs
Where it takes your breath away
The plant becomes a garden in bloom
Butterflies find their way in and reside in the stomach
Fluttering around
The garden fills you with love
And brings life to you

Until it starts to fade away
And the garden begins to perish
The plants shrivel and shrink away
The butterflies die, leaving your stomach uneasy
Only the thorns remain making your breathing sharp and shallow
Once the garden is gone
You’re left empty
Without love or life in you
With only the memory of what it felt to have a garden in you

--Vania S., Adult