Carrot and Lotus

Carrot and Lotus
Kathi Kizirnis

Pull up the roots and
shake off the dirt

look closely
at your knots and ridges.
They’re not pretty, are they?

Still, they feed and connect,
your blossom, your green
is just for show.

Love the muck,
even (especially) when it stinks.

Smell the earth—
you’ll be in it someday …

never mind, you already are.

about the author
Kathi Kizirnis is a recovering journalist, editor, co-founder of Practice Yoga in Dayton’s Oregon District and the proud mother of two — not necessarily in that order.