A Spinach Leaf On The Floor

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This morning I found a baby

spinach leaf on the kitchen

floor in front of the sink.

It fell yesterday, unnoticed.

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Bending old bones and frame

veined with blood rich in calcium,

I wondered as I rose and opened

the garbage bin, what mother

far from here would not have

welcomed such a find. To rinse

off food and offer it to her

starving four year old as today's

rare treat would have given 

her joy.

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This is the world we made,

everywhere the ability to make

life thrive, and our response

is to throw it away.

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allets

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