Dandelions are Human Weeds

It’s that time of year.

Even amid hushes of snow,

the dandelions appear.


How like us they are,

arranging themselves about their clocks,

terrified of being uprooted.

Created to live for a season

and then die beyond themselves,

instead they push their feet into the soil

and flatten their bodies against the sod.

Huddling beneath the mowings of time,

they strive to invent a purpose,

borrowing their color from the sun.

And when the sun takes it back,

they send their progeny into the wind, saying,

“Remember me, remember me,”

hoping for immortality second hand

when something far more beautiful was planned.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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28 Responses to Dandelions are Human Weeds

  1. Wow. Just wow. Love this analogy and I’ll never look at a dandelion the same…

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  2. @vapor_sage says:

    I’ve learned to love dandelions, that hasn’t stopped me from trying to irradicate them every year
    one must admire the tenacity and perseverance of this life form

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  3. So powerful, Mitch! You are such an extraordinary writer. Deb is right. I won’t ever look at a Dandelion the same again, either! 🙂

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  4. grumpygorman says:

    So much of so good.

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  5. Dymoon says:

    they are the first appealing feast for the bees! aside from that. your prose is fun and well done

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  6. M.B. Henry says:

    Wow… some amazing thoughts here that are very powerful. I just love the analogy. I also always loved seeing the first dandelions! One of those who always liked them I guess 🙂

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  7. smzang says:

    I love dandelions, even when they invade my space.
    I love fine poetry even more…I love your poem…it is very fine!
    You are indeed a man of many talents.

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  8. Joan says:

    From one dandy lion to another – good job. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

  9. connieszone says:

    Nature has so many wonderful ways of teaching us about ourselves and life. Beautiful thoughts Mitch thanks for sharing.

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  10. toutparmoi says:

    I have a soft spot for dandelions. You’ve summed them up beautifully.

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  11. Roos Ruse says:

    I pondered this post all day yesterday while doing more clean up from an impressive storm. Great. Now I’ll never get this (actually excellent and reflective) thought out of my head. It’s my new yard work ear worm. Hmmm… ear worm, inch worm…

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  12. Dani Ta says:

    Dandelions are strong flowers. This is an awesome poem 🙂

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  13. What a beautiful piece of work.

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