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FLOWERS TOWERING HIGHER

FLOWERS TOWERING HIGHER

Daffodils and iris wink

At dandelions who think…

They were first in fallow

Ground too shallow

On the edges of a former ice rink.

Flowers reach for the sun,

Phototropism’s how it’s done…

Stems bend the way

To catch full sun’s rays,

Turn the pot to straighten them some.

Dandelions are good for wine,

And greens eaten fresh are fine…

But wait too long

And the smell is strong

Of other “seasoning” in time!

Dandelions growing early in the year

Reach for the sky when stems appear…

But cut down frequently

The stems grow short to be,

To produce seed parachutes in the clear.

Magnolia trees blossom North and South,

In the North before the awakened cotton mouth*…

That fragrance in the breeze

May cause someone to sneeze,

But is enjoyed by me and my spouse!

–Jonathan Caswell

* cotton mouth….a poisonous water snake.

FLOWERS OPENING AT SPRING-TIME

FLOWERS OPENING AT SPRING-TIME

Driving on the way to work

I saw a flower op’ning…

Running along the near sidewalk

With ponytail behind jolting.

Oh, to be young and fresh once more,

To run in sheer abandon…

Crocuses and dandelions too

Will push up as though random!

I cannot run like that,

It is not of my choosing…

I have grown too stiff and fat

And my youth I’m losing!

–Jonathan Caswell

FLUFFER, NOT NUTTER

FLUFFER, NOT NUTTER

 

What–pray tell–is this eider-down,

Floating on the breeze…

Some describe it swirling around

As stuff from cottonwood trees.

Since this is the North East

And cottonwoods live “down South”…

There might be a few around here,

Near a river’s mouth.

Hard to imagine,

But I think it is a weed…

Gathered by the roadside

Disgorging all this seed!

Those cute dandelion flowers,

A spot of yellow cheer…

So early in the springtime

Have gone to seed for the first time this year.

The seeds have fluffy parachutes

That float high on the wind…

We’ll see more of these great clouds,

As the warmth of summer moves in.

The dandelion’s tap-root

Is deep and plenty tough…

If anyone wants to cook dandelion greens,

There’ll be way more than enough!!!

 

–Jonathan Caswell