Contest Winner: Dream, Planted

I was thrilled to win first place in the poetry division of the All Write Now! Conference contest this year with the following poem. I hope it inspires you!


You were the sunflower seed I hid inside the time capsule

twenty-five years ago, buried

in the fall of my thirteenth year.

I dropped you in the metal lunchbox

along with hologram stickers, a rhinestone ring, my favorite

purple pen, and a crinkled copy of van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

I unearthed you this spring, lifted the rusted

metal from the earth, and marveled

how you survived, intact

through drought, freezes, and storms.

I held you in my hand one moment longer

studying your stripes

before I dropped you in the garden

and covered you again, this time in earnest.

How quickly you grew, pushing out

new green leaves from your sturdy stalk

to soak in the sun’s energy.

How prolific you became, sending out

branch after branch, promising

dozens of seed heads.

In the blazing heat and punishing winds

I feared your collapse

but you stood strong.

Oh, the glorious day

your face opened brilliant

to summer’s dawn!


If you enjoyed this poem, you may also enjoy these others:

Sunday Dinner, July 1985

Earthen Vessel

Our Street, 1981 and Palm Sunday, 1981

Drops of Jupiter


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  • From one poet to another…lovely!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you! I would love to visit your blog…would you please share your link?

  • Alyson

    This is absolutely beautiful! God has truly gifted you. Thanks for sharing your gifts with us!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you so much, Alyson!

  • I love this! I’ve always wished I could write poetry but it is just not one of my talents :). It’s definitely one of yours though, Sarah. I can see how this beautiful piece won the contest. Congrats!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Candace, I appreciate your comment. Blessings to you!

  • Aimee

    Way to go, Sarah!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks Aimee! I am still blessed by your “brain-dump” recent blog post.

  • Congratulations! I see why it won.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you so much, Debbie!

  • Such a gorgeous poem, Sarah! I could see it in my mind. And congrats! I am so excited for all God has for you friend!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Meghan! Glad you could see that picture. 🙂 I’m excited too…thanks for cheering me on!

  • Summer Overstreet

    Congratulations Sarah! This is just all around precious! I love the idea of a time capsule and your sunflower description….wow! You really did a fabulous job! #Sitting Among Friends

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you, Summer! I’ve enjoyed my recent visits to your blog. 🙂

  • Bettie G

    Congratulations! This is a beautiful word-picture, capturing so many emotions! How encouraging to think about that seed, saved for so long, bursting into strong life!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hello Bettie, I appreciate your kind words since you are a fellow poet!

  • Beautiful! Congratulations.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Barbie! Blessings to you!

  • Sarah – you have such a gift for writing. Thank you for sharing this inspirational poem!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thanks Robin!

  • Beautiful, Sarah! Love the message and the reminder that what’s buried isn’t lost. A definite winner!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Crystal, I’m thankful to see you online again–hope you enjoyed your blogging break!

  • Awe, love that. Congrats, friend. 🙂

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you dear Brenda!

  • Sonya

    Absolutely beautiful, Sarah! I LOVED this! It spoke very deeply to my heart about dreams that I’ve shut away and the Lord is drawing them out. He’s continuing to show me that they are still full of life!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hello Sonya, I’m so glad my poem inspired you. Here’s to pursuing our dreams!

  • Congratulations on the win, Sarah! And deservedly so. This is both beautiful in word and in hope!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you, Lisa! Your comment means a lot to me!

  • It’s a beautiful poem! I’m a Kansas girl by birth. So, sunflowers are special to me.
    Visiting you today from Faith Fuel.

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Loretta! I adore sunflowers. They are a personal metaphor for me. I need to put that on my About page.

  • Rosanna Penner-Sauereisen

    What a sweet poem!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you, Rosanna!

  • Denise Rodriquez

    You’ve got an incredible gift with creating poems, Sarah! Very beautiful 🙂

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you so much, Denise!

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  • Neca Smith

    Congratulations on your win…what a lovely poem…I could visualize the whole thing in my mind. You have a wonderful gift from God…thank you for sharing it!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you for stopping by, Neca! I’m glad you were able to envision the story in your mind!