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Heliotropism; towards the sun.

sunflower field below a blue sky and rolling mountains

this weekend

I went to the sunflower patch

swinging arms with my mom and sister

starry eyed at the fields of bright gold yellow

nestled in the blue of the mountains around us.


it is the one time a year I am home

a fleeting break between the long hours

of rotation after rotation.

sometimes it feels that it is only here

that I can truly feel the sun shine on the earth around me.

my heart smiles every time I am in the heart of the Blue Ridge.


we walked through rows

and rows of blooms

the flowers were as tall as we were

facing away from the slowly setting sun,

ready for it to rise again


the mountains beyond the sunflowers are a muted blue grey today

the thousands of hours that yielded thousands of silky gold petals

I could only think of the hands that dug the soil and planted the seeds

to allow for growth towards the sun

I wondered, just then, in the shadows of the towering heliotropes

when exactly it was

that I stopped turning towards sunshine too.


the golden beams emanated on our faces

as evening fell and emptied the last rays of sun.

I looked down at my mother’s hands, faithfully intertwined with mine

and all at once

I understood

the hours it must have taken

to remind me to face the sun


Image courtesy of Nima Trivedi.

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Nima Trivedi Nima Trivedi (1 Posts)

Writers-in-Training Intern and Contributing Writer

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nima is a medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida, Class of 2024. In 2019, she graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and biology, with minors in creative writing and medicine and society. Nima enjoys gardening, cooking, and painting in her free time. After graduating medical school, Nima would like to pursue a career in family medicine with a focus on community health and lifestyle medicine.