The GreenHouse Program at Rikers Island
Updated: Apr 5, 2022
To celebrate Valentine's Day, program director Hilda Krus shared the poem, below, as part of her moving presentation today. It was written by one of the participants in this extraordinary program. You can simply enjoy it, or download it here, and read about the program in the New York Times.
Let nature take its course, only nature can correct man.
And Man finds that it is difficult to correct nature.
Still we try.
We are like seeds who grow if only fertilized
in opportunity, watered with hope and placed in
a bed of ambition.
Instead of heavy restraints give us light
so we see the direction in which to rise.
Consider that mistakes are similar to weeds
They are easily noticed yet let them not
distract you from our beauty.
They grow as we grow and their roots
So be patient in understanding that as some flowers
bloom, some leaves dry and fall
But a seed is never looked at as it is, or as
it was but a seed is looked at as what it
E. S., who spent ten months with the GreenHouse program