modern gardening

why do we throw
nine seeds into the ground
and prune away all but
three which deign to sprout?

who taught us to
plant this way
to waste life

such disrespect
for the energy it takes
a seed to awaken
for the millennia of
evolution that went into
it knowing how to
come to life
when the sun is
just so
for the persistence
with which it fights
for air and light

if i had my way
we would only plant seeds
that we planned on
giving a chance to grow.