They are in all shades of green Some shades of brown and yellow Some variegated like in a piece of art Some in full bloom and glory Some gloomy from missing the Sun. They all stare at me, endlessly Deep into my soul Like they know the truth That I am not me anymore That I am broken That I am shattered Into a million pieces And I break again on every new day It just doesn't stop. I cry endless tears Tears of pain and regret Tears of guilt and remorse Tears of helplessness From depths so dark It scares me to death. They've seen me hold on To pieces of hope and comfort Before losing it again. They've seen me tend to them Caress their new shoots Watch their roots curl Feel their flowers bloom Mourn their falling leaves With love and concern Like they were my babies, Like they heard the voices in my head And understood my whispers. They still sit in patience Watching me rise and go to bed Every other day as usual Now an integral part of me, You ll know I am long gone When you see them withered.