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Regeneration by Jenny Aarts

hop off the wilted bit

when a cycle ends

cut it back ruthlessly

the stump will heal sooner than you think

if you donít pick at it


let healthy new growth sprout

and cover the scar

donít regret or look back

leap forward in the new direction


snip weak tendrils out

so the strongest can strengthen

if you nurture with love

theyíll blossom

bear fruit


harvest the fruit

take pride in its perfection

acknowledge your success

preserve some for winter


start a new growing cycle