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how can I pull you
now that I know your name
telling me you are an herb
that you will bloom
at summer’s end
that you do fine
where you are

how can I pull you
when I know your name
and all your relations
finding your hidden gifts
willingly given every day
that you do fine
where you are

how can I disregard you
beyond someone in passing
now that you said your name
render the tiniest of windows
to see you where you stand
that you do fine
you do fine where you are


watercolor and ink illustaration of prostrate spurge by visual artist Kristin Maija Peterson

Prostrate Spurge © 2022 Kristin Maija Peterson. Watercolor and archival ink.

You probably have one of these growing in the cracks of your driveway right now. They are low growing, spreading their reddish pink arms out everywhere. They happen to be a member of the Euphorbiaceae plant family, the very same family that gives us the Poinsettia. When I looked closely at this one growing in my driveway, I could see the tiny flowers that look very much like the tiny flowers found on a Poinsettia. (Those red leaves are just that, showy leaves and not the plant’s flower).

Thanks to the Prostate Spurge for it has inspired the above poem How Can I Pull You, the above illustration as well as inspiration for a series of plant-based prints. I have a bit of “clean up” to do with the above illustration before it is print-worthy and retail-ready. Stay tuned at Terra Kind Studio. (This is where the art happens).

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