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Wednesday, March 23, 2005


who will tell
the dandelion
it's a weed


Anonymous Jim said...

I think this is a good one for our upcoming project....

4:58 AM  
Blogger YummY! said...

I say its a flower.

That way I dont have to worry about pulling them up.

Besides, Dandelion puffs are fun. -smile-

1:10 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

When I was a kid, it was my favorite flower. In the blue-collar neighborhood in the industrial town where I grew up, gardens were few and lawns not many. When I grew up, I was told that the dandelion is a weed, which upset me no little. Then I heard that a weed is any plant that's growing where you don't want it to; that is, it's not an intrinsic quality of the plant that makes the difference. I guess my haiku is about all that stuff and about the overall relationship between the name and the thing. So I'm glad you call it a flower. It can only be good for the dandelion's morale.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Rebecca Grantham said...

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them
--A. A. Milne Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh

As A Mother of five, I'm not going to stop my children from running to me with their wonderful, handpicked bouquets of Bright Yellow SunShine. R

7:15 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Rebecca: Great quotation. I know just how your kids feel, as I indicate in my reply to yummy. I hope it's clear that my haiku invites you to question the classification--indeed, to question classification itself. And I'm delighted to know there's a pro-dandelion faction out there.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Gone Away said...

Well, somehow my comment got on the squirrel haiku instead of the dandelion one. Try again:

Bill, I love this weed haiku.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

dw: yeah, I figured it had slipped.

6:39 AM  
Anonymous uao said...

bill, you're into weed?

Oh! Dandelions. This is my favorite one so far, worth remembering in order to quote it someday. :-)

9:26 AM  
Blogger The Grey Ghost said...

As A Mother of five, I'm not going to stop my children from running to me with their wonderful, handpicked bouquets of Bright Yellow SunShine.

Yeah? And the fact that they're pulling them (so you don't have to) doesn't have anything to do with it, right?


2:47 PM  
Anonymous Carroll said...

Bill, I'm working with a publisher to develop a popular press book on invasives. Like you, I grew up loving dandelions and was deeply surprised to learn that they were invasive (until I started seeing vast fields of them in remote places like southern Patagonia). I think your haiku, in addition to being lovely, really captures how people feel about long-established exotics--they're so widespread that they seem the very definition of natural. With your permission, I'd like to propose your haiku as the epigraph for the spread on dandelions. No guarantee, of course, that the publisher will like it as much as I do. But I suspect they will.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Carroll: You have my permission to use this haiku as you suggest. I'd welcome more information on your project, and let me know if you need any more formal statement from me.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Carroll said...

Thank you so much, Bill. Please send an email to me at WCMuffett@yahoo.com and I can tell you more about the project.

11:29 AM  
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7:54 AM  

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