mercy grows in the dessert
between the grains of sand
too small to see with even a microscope
mercy grows in between the cracks
and splinters of old shingles
still clinging to the sheds after hurricanes
mercy grows in the heart of the man
who spent his weekend rescuing tiny kittens
after he saw one fall out of a tree
mercy grows in the front seat
of the family car where dad is sat
counting to ten for the tenth time today
mercy grows in. and out. and around
in unexpected patterns, just like ivy.
or mulch after a tornado.