Diversity in the Burn Pit

Cuttin out the weeds
on the city's demand
thistle gonna strike back
with thornĀ in hand
nettle gonna sting
that seven minute
burn
a red streak on a forearm

that rash gonna spread man
and when we gonna learn
the city don't want pretty
calls some flowers weeds
and the great democracy
of lawns
turns
to a round-up induced
fertilizer coaxed choked
watered though
it rained yesterday
kinda flat edged
pretense of beauty
same after same
after same

all the way
to the
burn pit

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Lisa C Bassignani

Sun 21st Jul 2019 23:03

I had chickens for 13 years. So much fun and they ate all the bugs! That's too badšŸ˜¢

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Devon Brock

Sun 21st Jul 2019 22:57

Thanks, Lisa, you are absolutely correct. No poisons here either, at least not in my yard. The town just considers my exuberant ground to be lacking the care and attention of my fuss-budget neighbors. They banned chickens and goats, too. Bad times at Splitrocktown.

D

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Lisa C Bassignani

Sun 21st Jul 2019 22:47

Weeds are important. Lots of pollinators and other important species depend on them, including humans. there are so many 'weeds' that are food and medicine. I am so glad I don't live in a place like that. No poison here and lots of dandelions!
Go bees

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Devon Brock

Fri 19th Jul 2019 20:48

Thanks for the likes - and Jemima, "weed" status is always determined by council, committee and the department of homeland banality.

D.

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Jemima Jones

Fri 19th Jul 2019 16:10

A very likeable nay lovable piece Devon. Shame no distinctions can be drawn when clearing public spaces between which are regarded as weeds and which as flowers because there are some really lovely flowery weeds I have seen in particular council maintained beds. But I suppose they have to be removed since some can spread very quickly and overtake everything else. Thank you. Jemima.

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