Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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A seedling, a baby —
the most vulnerable state.

Roots, placenta ground into mother —
wholly dependent on a magnificent caretaker.

Xylem and phloem, artery and vein —
the lifelines.

Trunk and stem, bone and muscle —
the foundation.

Bundle sheath cell, neuronal cell body —
the input and output between environment and being.

Photosynthesis in chloroplasts, vitamin D catalysts in melanocytes —
the dependency on sunlight.

Shaking of leaves and oscillation of branches, shifting of locks of hair and undulation of limbs —
the rhythmic response to outside forces.

Grandness of presence, maintenance of symbiotic relationships —
each creating its own microecosystem.

Pollination and fertilization, maturation and conception —
striving for regeneration.

Wilting of leaves, failing of organs —
each facing mortality, quickly approaching.

Decompensation and decomposition, degeneration and degradation —
we are one,
until life begins again.

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Samantha M Rodriguez Samantha M Rodriguez (8 Posts)

Contributing Writer

Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Samantha is a fourth-year medical student at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami, Florida class of 2022. In 2016, she graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She enjoys yoga, going to the beach, and reading in her free time. After graduating medical school, Samantha plans to pursue a career in Pediatrics.