This story-poem came about through a conversation with my two older kids, Addie (8) and Ben (6). We were imagining what it would be like to try to explain to a seed what’s going to happen to them in the growing process. Around the table, we chatted and coloured about how mystifying it would be for a seed to understand the process of change, and what we would say to encourage them.
I pulled out the notes app on my phone later that day, and drafted out the poem. It sat there for a number of months, without a destination. Eventually, I published it on my own blog, where the kids got excited about it again. We printed it out, and they got to work illustrating it.
And that point, the poem wasn’t “done” yet, but I didn’t know where to take it. After the seed gets the speech, should it get planted? Should a mouse eat it? But when I saw Benjamin’s drawings (you’ll see these below, marked with an *asterix), I knew where we needed to go.
When my teammate Veronica and I started working on our podcast episode about holding space for what needs to emerge in a change process, we found ourselves making references to transformation processes in nature. I thought of The Seed, and suggested it might be an effective way to close off the episode.
So, a few months after the original inspiration, with some iteration and collaboration thanks to kids and colleagues, I invite you to enjoy…The Seed.