Slow Bolt


Hey, Spinach.

Yes, love. You. Third row from the bottom left. There, in front of those sunlit asparagus fronds.

I know you held out as long as you could. You tapped that DNA of yours, that lab-bred tendency to wait, wait, wait before you matured. You stalled. Stayed tender, half-grown.

But weeks passed, as they do. Daylight stretched. Your leaves enlarged, thickened, multiplied. Angles grew in them where margins once curved. Buds erupted from your nodes.

Oh, those buds. How they threatened our days together, our status quo. I quickly pinched them out.

For your own good, of course.


I’m projecting, you say?

Okay. Okay. Maybe I did prune your bloom for the sake of my salads. I admit it. I stunted you. Refused the flowering that would, in time, give you seeds to strew.

Until the Life in you wore me down.

The Life in those roots of yours. In that photosynthesis. In the rest of your DNA—the parts that say yes to


Until you bolted toward it.

And gave me courage to do the same.



“Her desert will blossom like Eden, her barren wilderness like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found there. Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air.”

—Isaiah 51:3


When Heaven Spreads.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
—Matthew 6:10



Gray Matter.


“‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the LORD.”

—Isaiah 1:18a



If you flap too fast.


“Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good; impatience will get you into trouble.”

—Proverbs 19:2





“Travel light.”

—Luke 10:4a MSG


Ever met Spinach? Know a bud-pincher? Ever been either one? Would love to hear what you notice this week, friends. About your garden. About yourself.

Thanks to all of you who have commented here or through my contact page. You help me grow buds, and I’m grateful.

Watching Nature, Seeing Life: Through His Creation, God Speaks.

Posted by

Love the outdoors? I can take you there. Rural & wild PNW posts and photos from a naturalist, faith writer, and author of three books, including the award-winning novel Sugar Birds. Member of Redbud Writers Guild.

12 thoughts on “Slow Bolt

  1. Your creativity on the Ode to the Spinach gives me joy. She gave you tender succulent leaves and then you gave her freedom to complete the cycle.
    Thanks for your fabulous posts and pictures.
    I love the weekly format, too. Thank you.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. I am catching up on your posts…again thank you for your insights and seeing God in everything!
    What I love about the hummingbirds is how they will get nourishment only if thy get into the flower to get the nectar. Flying by or around the blossoms will not be beneficial.
    Reminds me of how I need to get into the Face of God…not just superficially or outwardly but really into His Word to get nourishment. So many verses in Psalms remind me to seek the Lord’s Face.
    Blessings to you!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Well done! I’ve still got spinach, hidden under a bit of shade cloth and it is holding on, but I can see the changes in the leaves and know its days are numbered. Would never have thought of writing it the expressive way you achieved! Again I say, “Well done!”

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s