This Isn't About My Snake Plant

Sara Watkins

I have forgotten to water this plant

more times than I have remembered

to water this plant. Still,                                                                                  it grows


Tiny shoots of new life

that should have been impossible

exist anyway:                                                                                                     thrives


They are completely unbound

by expectation or presumption,

they simply are                                                                                                  alive


Two new leaves appear,

curling from the base of a sprout,

reaching toward the sun as if                                                                         in spite


Each day, I see the magic,

am awed and indignant, that

it grows, thrives, alive in spite of                                                                    everything.

Sara Watkins (she/her) is an editor, author, UCTD-haver, and EIC of Spoonie Press, a literary magazine for chronically ill, disabled, and neurodivergent creators. She is also a big fan of deviating from the norm for her own comfortability and entertainment. Her writing explores themes of disability and autonomy using wry surrealism and general weirdness to champion the idea that, despite our differences, we are not alone. Recent publications include work in Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability, MASKS Literary Magazine, Vast Chasm, Bitchin’ Kitsch, and Unlikely Stories. Sara can be reached via or @saranadebooks on Twitter and Instagram.

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