Metal Seeds

metal seeds planted
into the fertile soil

Mother Earth
what strange petals
and sounds
will bloom from her depths?

I fear for the farmers
and their children

like them
I also love to run
in rice fields
walk through jungles
place my bare feet
on the earth
that once knew only how to love

Teresa Mei Chuc is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, Red Thread (Fithian Press, 2012) and Keeper of the Winds (FootHills Publishing, 2014). She was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. under political asylum with her mother and brother shortly after the Vietnam War while her father remained in a Vietcong "reeducation" camp for nine years. Her poetry appears in numerous journals and in anthologies. More of Teresa's poetry is forthcoming in the anthology, Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees. Read other articles by Teresa.