If you told me
this was an expensive piece of art,
painstakingly handpainted
layer by layer,
I’d totally believe you.
But the truth is
it’s a gourd painted underground
by the vegetable gods
and bought my me at the local nursery.
I sorted through a basketful 
of gorgeous gourds,
one more amazing than the last,
wondering how on earth…
how in the earth…
such precision and artistry
could take place.
So, I bought this little marvel
and have glanced at it
every day since,
each time reminded
that mini miracles
happen everywhere.
Even underground.