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!!!