As I walked along the sidewalk I saw the flower,
a volunteer growing up through a crack.
It looked upward in defiance,
refusing to wither and give in.
Stem awkwardly long and twisted,
pale leaves outstretched straining for the sun.
Its petals bruised by a thousand footsteps,
stained and choked by exhaust.
Forced to thrive in unpleasantness,
just because of the way the wind had blown.
Image Credit: Flower in a sidewalk crack by Fuzzy Gerdes via flikr CC BY 2.0