Splayed Across the Land

Poems:
splayed across the land
products of promiscuous thought
wild oats, they will not be tamed – nor
ordered into domestic
corrals – no they are
feral,
never to be herded, only
over-heard.

Too close and they bolt, these
poems not planted:
invading our guarded gardens
not pretty
not edible
unclaimed
some maim
serenity and sour wine.

Poems under beds
slipping into heads
surreptitiously –
so many poems, daring to
be read
under flower beds
but never flowery
these poems.

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10 thoughts on “Splayed Across the Land

  1. diannegray says:

    Very nice indeed, Allen! 😀

  2. dianerivers says:

    This is such a great picture you’ve painted here. “Never to be herded, only over-heard.” “Invading our guarded gardens.” Yes and yes. Who can resist? That wildness of spirit is one of the things I find most appealing about poetry! Beautifully expressed, Allen ~

  3. Marie Taylor says:

    lovely, lyrical. well-done.

  4. shoreacres says:

    The thought of weedy words is delightful! It also calls to mind that old bit of wisdom: One person’s weed is another one’s flower. And vice-versa, I suppose.

    What is certain is that the prettiest flower in the world may not be able to compete with a rugged, determined, freedom-loving weed. Just ask the people who spend their mornings watching the dandelions march across their well-ordered lawns and flower beds. Me? I love dandelions.

    • agjorgenson says:

      I’m glad you liked it. Weeds: ah, yes, or I have heard it said that a weed is a plant in the wrong spot. But who decides? As for dandelions, I recently learned that dandelion is an anglicization of dents de lion (lion’s teeth, which is what dandelion is in German Loewenzahn). Its a banner year for Lion’s teeth in Ontario this year. Maybe it’s time to pull out the Dandelion wine recipe!

  5. jannatwrites says:

    Poems and wildflowers grow where they will 🙂

  6. agjorgenson says:

    Yes, I agree with that!

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