Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that small, bright, and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. David Whyte

Haiku: Jade Plant Journey

on January 19, 2019

Five foot high jade plant
Grows old in my barber’s shop
Fertile ancestor

Customers like me
Modern Johnny Appleseeds
Take cuttings to root

Mine grew strong and tall
Reaching for the bright sunlight
Then it took a bow

Quite ungainly now
It required a scissor’s trim
Made jade feel at home

12 responses to “Haiku: Jade Plant Journey

  1. Sabra Bowers says:

    Your poem made me remember a magnificent Jade I used to have. It would summer on my porch and loved it. After many years it died. I haven’t gotten another, now I will.

  2. Dale says:

    Why did it take a bow, do you think?
    And will it grow now that it has been trimmed?
    Love this Vivi!

    • vivachange77 says:

      It got top heavy and drooped. I cut it off and put the main stem and a smaller one in water glasses to grow roots. Then I noticed the cigar-sized main stem was growing new leaves. And another stem was “bowing”. I put my first two rootings in nice little glass vases and put them on the table in our lobby. Within hours they were gone, Johnnyseed-ing elsewhere in the building. I started to cut off the second bowing stem and put it in a glass to root. Then I decided to let it grow crooked. It is doing well.

  3. I have two of these on my bathroom windowsill Ina, both of which get very unruly at times – they both had a good trim last year and seem a lot healthier as a result!

  4. Eric Alagan says:

    Your poem reminded me that like humans, plants too can propagate – and travel.

    Jade brings wealth (money plant) and luck (lucky plant) and many households all over the world welcome her. She is fleshy (just like most men love their women) and has silent strength. And like all women she needs a trim now and then—and it makes her look young and attractive. Jades are precious.

    All good wishes for the week,

    • vivachange77 says:

      Thanks, Eric, for telling me so much more about jade plants. It was too much to add to my poem but after I trimmed it I put three pieces of my jade plant into small glass vases filled with water . When they began to grow roots I put them on the table in the lobby of my apartment building where we leave things to give away. Within hours my jade plant had moved on to continue life elsewhere in the building.

  5. Resa says:

    Sometimes getting cut down to size is all a plant needs. Sometimes, it’s all a human needs! 😀

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