Dandelions Are Human Weeds

Inspired by my earlier post Damnedelions


It’s that time of year

when even amid the hushes of snow

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. Excellent use of metaphor!

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  2. Winsomely profound

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  3. Don White says:

    In your dandelion post with the time-lapse video, I was mesmerized. I think I watched 3 or 4 times. With today’s post, I could see that video in my mind as I read. Good post, Mitch.

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  4. Dandelions: grows in sidewalk cracks against all odds.
    My House Plants: die in 4 hours if they are not given filtered water with the proper balance of pH & micronutrients…

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  5. byngnigel says:

    The imagery is quite remarkable Mitch..I loved this. 🌼🌼

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  6. Yesterday, our next door neighbor’s grandchild was outside picking dandelions up and putting them in a little basket. He calls them flowers. In this instance, definitely “human weeds!”

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  7. Now that is a big thought!!! from a little flower/plant!

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  8. Abe Austin says:

    Haunting and beautiful, Mitch. Well done!

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  9. A moving and elegant metaphor for life. I was really touched by this and I’m saving this one, Mitch.

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  10. Piano girl says:

    Wow! Really enjoyed this one. 💛

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  11. atimetoshare.me says:

    Never though of it this way about dandelions, but you exhibit profound wisdom when you wrote these words. We aren’t much different than they are, are we?

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  12. Andi says:

    Much to your dismay, I love those damndelions. 😄

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  13. Karen :) says:

    Oh my, this is so beautiful. So much meaning here! I am going to reread this often. Thank you, Mitch.

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  14. I hate dandelions, but I love this poem. Thanks, Mitch! God bless!

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  15. murisopsis says:

    I love the analogy – and I think it is very apt!

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