children's books

Seed of Dourt

Mercy Johnson - artist, author,

Often planted
In your ear,
The seed of doubt
Is made of fear.
It says,
“You must not.
Should not.
You are crazy.
Just a crackpot.”

The seed
Will sit there
In your head.

It says, “Give up
And go to bed.”
It wants to grow
Into a tree.

A tree of never-ever-be.
But it won’t grow
If you don’t let it.
It can’t grow

If you forget it.
It wants to
Keep you
Up at night.

Don’t give it water.
Don’t give it light.

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