Ode to the Dandelion
Yes, I’m a dandelion, but don’t hate me so,
I can be quite useful, and help flowers grow.
My feathery plumes, like seed-bearing parachutes,
Are harangued by so many when we distribute.
I’m needed in root beer and dandelion wine,
In Chinese cuisine my leaves taste just fine.
I’m nectar for butterflies, pollen for bees,
I add nutrients to soil and help fruit to please.
Those who despise me have it all wrong,
After all, I’m the U of R flower and song.
When your mower wages war as a means to my end,
Know I’ll be back with lots of my friends.
My daughter inspired me to photograph the dandelion, after seeing a great picture that she herself took. As you look at the photos, I hope you will humor me and pretend you don’t even know what a dandelion is, or think of how much you hate them when they cover your lawn. Can you see any beauty in them at all?
I must admit that they’re a nuisance at our house. My husband wishes they were lauded more and that the lawn with the most dandelions would be the envy of the neighborhood. I think their beauty diminishes with their stems and leaves, but I do love the look of their feathery heads and yellow blooms. I’m not sure there’s a person out there that hasn’t picked one of these up only to distribute those “seed-bearing parachutes” and laughed with innocent joy (much to the dismay of the owner of that particular lawn). A sign of spring if there ever was one.
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