A Botanical Conundrum


Yesterday my garden seemed

to have reached the maximum

growth of that common flower

of the genus Taraxacum

that we know as dandelions, 

a name that translates

from French as teeth of lions.


This specimen of a plant

that may be thought a weed

will in a couple of weeks

ripen fully and go to seed.

This fact raised in my mind

a very relevant question:

as loads covered the lawn


should I keep them on

or curtail their longevity

by letting the power mower

raze them to the ground?

Considering that their life

was one of relative brevity

I decided to let them be.



© Luigi Pagano 2021

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Thanks Luigi, a poem with much at its heart, or roots? And what is they say? The difference between a flower and a weed is a judgement.


A good thing to save the dandelions (paardenbloem here). Very underrated plant these days. Used for centuries for nutritious food and its medicinal properties.

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