Little acorn seed,
Full of potential life force,
Take root and grow tall.
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On one of my daily walks, as I was coming along our little gravelly country road leading up to the house, I couldn’t help but notice something yellowy-green in a “sea” of limestone grey.
I was enthralled. An acorn without its signature cap (“cupule”) on top. Had a squirrel found it and been on route to hiding it in one of its caches of food storage…and lost it? Otherwise, why such a distance from any nearby oak tree?
I had a closer look at the acorn and then picked it up. As I gazed upon it, I was reminded of a more well-known part of William Blake’s poem “Auguries of Innocence:”
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an Hour.”
I have to confess that although I am quite fond of poetry, and poetry from classic writers, I actually learned about this four-line segment via the first Tomb Raider movie in which Lara Croft finds one of her clues in those wise words.
Ever since then I have loved how Blake expressed those thoughts, and so as I gazed upon that acorn, I thought about “holding infinity in my palm”…even if it means holding something that given the right conditions of air, soil, and water holds the promise of growing into a stately oak that can reach a long age and witness much over its lifetime. Life is a continuous process, so in that sense, endless. Infinite.
I decided this limestone gravel road wasn’t much of a conducive home for this sturdy acorn and brought it in with me. In the next day or so, I will go for a walk in the nearby little woods and see if I can find a life-giving spot for it. Or perhaps try assisting the acorn into a seedling stage, as I discovered through a bit of research online.
Check out this cool-looking time-lapse video of an acorn seed’s early development – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK4LjURtaDw