lion teeth in weeds


dandelion….from French dent-de-lion, meaning “lion’s tooth”

to cast a land with sorcery
weeds nestle…burrow deep
with incremental stealth
as tap roots pierce
hard soil near roads
or disturbed loam in fields
receptive to their riot…
some…like dandelions
bloom yellow teeth
on rigid milky stems
to open…close…
sun conjured
to lure honeybees
then at a witching moment
flowers trance…florets drop,
bracts arch to airiness,
and morph to globes
with seeded sails…
tempting breezes
with a breath of wishes

Bonnie Marshall

Art by Jean Francois Millet

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