June 3*

salal

reach and pull
ripping
ripe waving grasses, spent dandelions
various and unknown forbs, herbs
“weeds”            in overspilling cartloads

exposing the chosen ivy, salal
various and known “ornamentals”
cultivated
by the small ordered visions
of our narrowed minds

                    and in another country
                    someone meticulously
                    culling what i save
                    coddling what i pull

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.
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salal photo

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