If flowers want to grow
right out of the concrete sidewalk cracks
I'm going to bend down to smell them.
~ David Ignatow
This is a short poem, but it says so much. We normally think of flowers growing in gardens or meadows, where dirt and space are in abundant supply. But sometimes they grow in the most unlikely of places -- a tiny crack in a slab of concrete, for instance. These flowers struggle to take hold, to find the water and the nutrients they need to grow. When at last they bloom, they deserve attention from poets and others who will take the time to stop and smell them....