Hope on the Side of the Road

Dandelions growing 
inside a crack where 
the asphalt meets cement 
awaken hope inside me 
as I walk under a gray 
and foreboding sky. 

The yellow flowers 
are a cluster of suns 
that draw me into 
a childhood memory 
when I wore them 
like necklaces 
and blew 
their fluffy 
white moons 
into a storm 
of shimmering stars. 

Now, I think of all 
the healing properties 
inside this package 
delivered by nature 
as my fingers feel 
the outline 
of its leaves 
which are shaped 
like a lion’s teeth! 

This little plant, 
that thrives in
an inhospitable space,
which some would 
dismiss as
a common weed,
inspires me 
to press on
in my journey
through fear 
and uncertainty.

Poem by Patricia Cannon

Artwork by Autumn Foote

Patricia Cannon has been a Registered Nurse at UCSF since 2001. She has worked in cardiac critical care, neurointensive care, hemeoncology, school nursing, and currently, in research. Her passion is her faith, photography, and the written word in all its forms. “Hope on the Side of the Road” was previously published by Beyond Words Literary Journal.

Autumn Foote is a casual self-taught artist, with a lot of life ahead of her to learn from. She does work as an IHSS worker, and for a couple friends. She loves reading and art, and she’s got a goal to put her faith first in her life.