So little do I know of plants – but that
Peonies crawl with ants
making excursions across the tight buds to
Pantry? Dinner? Perfume counter?
And ferns, though trampled on and crushed
to the corm,
brown and rotted,
always come back the next year.
Chicory seems impossible, even with abuse
copying that of car tires, exhaust fumes,
gravel, dirt with no thing living
in it but germs. It just won’t grow.
Trumpet vines can overpower even wild honeysuckle,
and grow on the woodlike twisted stems.
Acorns that fall on the ground in large numbers are
treacherous to walk on --
like walking on marbles.
Some leaves stay green on one half and
yellow or red on the
other half before they fall off.
A weed can be tugged out easier if
you give it a fast quick little pull,
then wait for a few seconds – as if to fool it –
before yanking it out whole.
This almost always works!
Sycamore bark falls off
not every year, but in great batches, like
scabs being flung off new skin, every few years.
A leaf can become so waterlogged on the
creek’s surface that it will sink,
and blink yellow or green at you
from under water.