Be fruitful, says the Lord
We think immediately of branches reaching high, laden with goodness.
We think of what we can see.
Wait a minute, says the Lord, think a moment
I have made different types of fruitfulness, and different ways of growing
Branches may not grow high, but roots may reach deep
Holding onto the earth, holding soil firmly, giving stability
Goodness may be found closer to the ground
Growing near, or under, the fertile soil
Roots network and connect, one to another
Until a whole forest unites
In earthbound communication
Unseen, but more powerful
Than the brightest blossom.
When the roots grow deep
The tree is tough
And hard to destroy.