Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Chaos of Rhizomes

Do not be afraid
of the tangling, wandering chaos
of rhizomes.
You do not own the green
of the grass
You cannot make the rain
court the tender blades
You are not the keeper of the seeds
The strength that breaks through concrete
is only a grass stain
or a tickle in your nose
when you're lying in a meadow
The network is underground
like the prayers of long-dead saints
working miracles
out of season.
You do not know where you start
or where you end
in this clump of earth .
So just enjoy the growing
and the dandelions that interrupt your plans
with yellow distain
for certainty.
                                                   — WENDY MACLEAN

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