I’ve been taking instruction from weedy plants now for some time.
Dandelions tell me where the topsoil is depleted of nutrients.
Blackberries and creepers teach me close and diligent observation and pruning.
Plantains reveal the paths that heavy rains travel across the surface of our back yard, a low point into which the whole block drains.
Every plant – and every human being – makes its characteristic gesture.
The plants remain single-minded in their praise-fest of life.
We humans, not so much.
Instructions to a gardener
by Sara Eisenberg
Let the dandelions
and carry buried nutrients to my soil
Give the thorny blackberries room to spread, increase their fruiting.
Let-be the creepers to shade
Follow the plantains as they
Every green thing is pre-
gestures us towards
More praise for the plants: http://alifeofpractice.com/musings/915/
More on spring plants for cleansing: http://alifeofpractice.com/herbalism/choose-a-spring-cleanse-thats-right-for-you/
More poetry: http://alifeofpractice.com/poetry/still-life-with-cat-2/