Behold the apical meristem.


Knowing eyes can see the wonder:

unraveling expression of uncoiling message,

unbroken chain of life's one membrane,

simplest to complex now forged

in a burst of differentiation.

Here spread the panels

that catch the sun,

eating photons in their stacks of green,


creating the singular bonds that fuel life.

Here push forth the adorned organs

- male and female -

the palette which paints diverse generations.

Here the scaffold first is built,

from which

each twig and branch and trunk



All hail the apical meristem.