Signs of Growth: Weekly Photo Challenge


© irene waters 2018

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© irene waters 2018

Starting life

As nought but seed

pushing and shoving to see daylight

From the day

the world is entered

growth is what is deemed important

the seedling turns into plant

puppies thank god turn to dogs

kittens too cats become 

little humans beome big’uns.


A symbol of a love that’s grown

and also of the growth already done 

some trees have their growth rings inside

Others display them on the outside.

Even humans get these rings

but rather than wearing them proudly as does the tree

creams and lathers are applied

in the hope these rings will hide

Growth rings

Wear them proudly

They are a sign of growth, of age, of life.



© irene waters 2018


© irene waters 2018

In response to weekly photo Challenge – growth

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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3 Responses to Signs of Growth: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Pingback: Growth – Bins – What's (in) the picture?

  2. What a wonderful poem, Irene, and perfect photos to accompany. We do indeed focus too much on youth who waste too much on nonsense – some of them, at least.

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