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Poem-A-Week

A Lesson for the Impatience in Me 
by Hiram Sims

Plant a seed and watch it grow.
Though it may be veiled in snow,
give it time. The snow will melt.
Play the hand that you are dealt. 

Seeds know well what they must do:
open up and power through.
Seed know well there is no race.
Plant a seed and give it 
space. 

You don't know when the seeds will sprout.
Back off some, and you'll find out.
Through this labor's drab and slow,
plant a seed and watch it grow.

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Born and raised in various parts of South Los Angeles, Hiram Sims is a poet, author and Creative Writing Professor teaching at The Los Angeles Film School, USC, and here with The Community Literature Initiative.He graduated from University of Southern California and received a B.A. in English: Creative Writing and a Masters of Professional Writing in Poetry. He has published three collections of poetry, including Poems of a Young, Troubled Mind (2007), Write or Die: An Anthology of Poetry from the Urban Poet's Workshop (2008), and PHOTOETRY: Poetry and Photography from South Central (2013).