I bought a Chinese bamboo plant one day
I was sure it would keep my sorrows at bay
It looked fresh and the leaves were a lovely green
I couldn’t resist but admire its beautiful sheen
Everyday I got up to see if it had grown
Yet it looked the same little shoot that I had sown.
There was more to it than just the lucky charm
One day I realized it as if someone shook me by my arm.
It was like the success that we strive for in the path of life-
We work with persistence but there is no end to our strife
Days passed by, then weeks months and years
There was a real testing of my patience and inbuilt fears
It didn’t grow
And would not show
And then when I looked away
It beckoned me to stay
I had given up and was about to fall
It had tested my faith and belief after all.
Then, as if whispering in my ear
My bamboo said: Friend, do not fear.
You will find success
It is just hidden,
So, I looked at my lucky bamboo
Which had grown all of a sudden
The time for growth and success was close
I was glad I didn’t give up and chose-
To wait and reap the fruit of my persistence
My Chinese bamboo had given me a lesson in patience.