Editing is an exacting part of the writing and publishing process. It’s a job that takes many hands and many eyes. Very occasionally, mistakes happen and in Issue 58, at the final design hurdle, a name for one of our winning poets was inadvertently switched.
This beautiful poem ‘A Seed in a Packet’ is by young writer Oliver Marsh, from New Plymouth Boys’ High and was a winner in the Year 9-10 section of our poetry competition.
A SEED IN A PACKET
A seed in a packet, a capsule of life,
Sealed from the world, free from
A promise of a plant, a ghost of
This seed will grow into a
The seed grows a hunger
For darkness it cannot
It burrows up to the surface
In search of fresh air.
It breaks through the dirt, a green
Which looks to the sky, and plans
out its route.
For the seed has a dream, and it
dreams and aspires
To reach up for the clouds, and go
higher and higher.
But first it must grow, so it unfurls
And pushes out roots, and upwards
Chlorophyll-powered by the sun’s
The plant photosynthesises to fulfil
It continues to grow, exponentially
And where small branches grow,
tiny buds start a-flowering.
These buds start to swell, bursting
And beautiful colours spring out
This rainbow of blooms does not go
By the birds, the insects or the bees.
With glimmering wings and
Between beautiful petals they
Before much time has passed, with
power from its roots,
The plant branches out and grows a
bounty of fruits.
Scrumptious, luscious, so divine:
This produce will feed hungry
mouths just fine.
(c) Write On and Oliver Marsh