A gardener once planted
Two seeds of the same kind
Under a bush, side by side.
But he planted one in a spot
Shaded by the leaves,
While the other, an inch away,
Stood free under the sky.
So the selfsame sun
Lavished one with golden rays
While the other received nought
But a few stray beams
When spring came,
Two flowers sprang up from the seeds
But the one favoured by the sun
Grew tall and bright.
While the other became weak
And faint in the shade.
When their time came to release their seeds,
The tall flower was aided by the wind
And its seeds landed on fertile soil,
While the seeds of the smaller flower
Only encountered a feeble breeze
And fell on barren ground.
So one flower, admired by all,
Blooms in glory to this day,
While the other is but the prey of decay.
What is the moral of this tale?
Do not blame a flower
If it’s not tall enough,
For a flower cannot grow
If it’s hindered by circumstance.