My class project was due
i forgot to tell my mom about it.
We were supposed to bring in
A Collection.
i didn’t have any collections
Mom thought up a Seed
we gathered seeds from places
One does not think
to find seeds
we started in the spice 
the colors earthy
the smells delightful
the shapes odd and unexpected 
The pantry shelf surprised
my 6 year old self
rice and beans and
peas and oats
i don’t think we even got to
the garden shed
for flower seeds
we found all we needed
and glued them
on poster board
to make a pretty pattern
and wrote the names

when i got off the bus
and ran home downhill 
my blue ribbon
fluttered in the wind