Tag Archives: fallow ground

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.

AN HERB GARDEN

AN HERB GARDEN

 

A flower box, left last year fallow,

Finally has plants in its shallow…

Dirt-filled tray

On obvious display,

But nothing to make marshmallow!

I recognise peppers, tomatoes,

And parsley but no potatoes…

There are no stakes yet

As tall as they’ll get,

They’d better drive them deep to be stable.

 

–Jonathan Caswell