secret seeds

my sister gave me a dish

of seeds in soil, saying

if you keep it watered, someday

beautiful things will grow.

it’s been a month and I do not

see any sign of a sprout;

sometimes when the mist

moistens the soil I think I see

a bare seed poking through,

and I worry that all this waiting

will have been for nought.

am I doing this right?

are they getting enough sun?

is a gentle morning mist sufficient?

what are the rules for cultivating

secret seeds sown in future hope?