deep into the earth by a weather beaten hand
saturated to a point that enlarged each and every gland
contained within an atmosphere of humidity and light,
parental love, no comfort, just a long depressing fight.
deep within the earth for sustenance and strength,
up and outwards and doubling in length.
a breakthrough, as the earth above did part,
as a Heliotropium was just about to start.
shoots unfurling and searching for the sun,
time for the competition, which has only just begun.
care and feeding was the order of the day,
tall green stem, broad green leaf with roots deep within the
were taken, calculations made,
put in being, in case green-fly should invade.
made to measure greenhouse, erected by the keepers,
placed there in the garden, near the Virgina Creepers.
growth was phenomenal in its quest to find the sun,
Heliotrope extrodinaire, the competition'won!
hold, the tale's not over, there's tragedy in Town,
searched to find the sun the plant began to crown.
for the growers of this plant extrodinaire,
height had been the objective, the reason for the care.
matter" cried the keeper with a face all blotched and red,
change the objectivity and go for the biggest head."