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.