Violets and Dandelions . . . North America.
Native Violets, alien Dandelionsboth viewed as weeds within
the ecological war zone of North American lawn culture.
Here's a little poem from a longer sequence called Fireweed Poems;
it plays with this theme:
4 or 5 digits -- the splayed fingers
of an outstretched hand,
driven to the peripherique of tightly
cropped, well-fed urban meadows...
How the violets and yellow flowers
of spring wish to return, showing us
that someone has given up all the fighting,
and let their hair go wild again, gestures
shaped, even if ever so slightly,
by much sun, sparse rain, and the curious
lithe ways of a fickle wind.
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