The Herbarium   

By: - Mar 09, 2022

The Herbarium   


If I become an herbarium–

daisies, nettle, amaranthus, wisteria–

That will be a legacy

Made for every pocket and outstretched hand.


Petals–the favorite thing

Of every child and homemaker.

From years of sensitivity to ecology,

The scrapbooker knows which are too sore to touch.

And which make art.


Only once can the gardener undo

Her decision to uproot these growths

Or like my mother, preserve them after the wedding reception. 


Nature defies those who are sinister–

You will be pushing up daisies.

Though no one eulogizes you because

You feinted all of your overtures.