A Sprightly Sprout

And an unlikely upstart

Illustration by the author

I’m handed a houseplant and put it on my kitchen counter. Each of the stalks is the same translucent light-green, winding in different directions. The heat makes them listless.

A few days later, a plucky sprout with one wrinkly, damp-looking leaf twists its way up, standing out among the leaves in various states of aging.

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Deepti Kannapan

Deepti Kannapan

Painter, occasional cartoonist, aerospace engineer. Writes about sustainable technology, creativity, and journaling.