Dandelions

Like any prejudice, deep-rooted:
we don’t want you here. Why?
A yellow flower, salad-worthy leaves—
we like yellow flowers (even salad)
when we intend it, neat rows
boxed, potted, or climbing well-behaved
on a trellis. But you have this way of popping in
when and where you please, rough-edged
oblivious to convention, blowing wind-wild
teeming in open fields, invading
our careful plans. What use
for this free-thinking sunny vigor,
this relentless hello?

 

Off-prompt again for NaPoWriMo Day 21. It’s true, you can have your dandelions and eat them, too.

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21 thoughts on “Dandelions

    1. Glad it made you smile. It is so strange, how we’re conditioned (maybe not all of us, thankfully!) to cry “weed” when they’re in the yard–but to see fields of them all bright blooming is so cheerful.

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  1. I love this. I have always loved dandelions. Never understood why people wanted to get rid of them. I have childhood memories of our family determinedly digging them out of the yard, a useless exercise because our neighbor didn’t care and their dandelions sent a new generation with seeds in the wind. There is a lot to be said for being a dandelion and your poem does it. Like I said, love it!

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    1. Yes, I do wonder a bit about what’s been on those leaves. Especially in this neighborhood, where the lawn-care (i.e., chemical-spraying) trucks have been abroad lately.

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      1. Is this a myth or is it really true that you are obliged to have a grass lawn in front of your house? You can’t turn it into a proper garden with trees, flower beds, kitchen garden, pergolas and paths etc?

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        1. I’m always reading articles about how to “sneak in” veggies into your front yard, so I guess some areas are strict, but I’ve never lived somewhere that I couldn’t do what I liked with the yard. I tend to encroach on the grass part year by year. There are just too many beautiful–and beneficial–growing things, and I want to try them all.

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          1. It was specifically vegetable plots that I heard were outlawed and gardeners had been told to rip them up and put back the tidy grass. Maybe it’s because you don’t fence in your property along the roadside so the look of it becomes everybody’s property and it has to be uniform. We like our privacy 🙂

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  2. As a society we tend to do one of two things with free thinking idealists. Either we quash their ideas and actions or we hail them as genius. Oftentimes the recognition of genius comes too late and that is where true tragedy lies.
    All hail the dandelion – so far ahead of his time!
    Nice work, indeed.

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    1. You’ve got me thinking…a dandelion would make a great symbol on a revolutionary flag. 🙂 We’ll fly them in our yards and people will wonder what on earth it all means.

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