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Society Poem – The Meadow’s Keeper

Society Poem - The Meadows Keeper

The Meadow’s Keeper is a society poem, a reflection on people and a celebration of all the stunning names given to officially declared noxious weeds.

The Meadow’s Keeper

 At odds weeds / officially declared noxious /
but free to thrive 
knit the sun and rain-spoiled soil,
one thousand shades of green with splashes of 
white, yellow, orange,
red, purple, blue.

Alligator Weed beside Bear-skin Fescue, 
Bathurst-burr next to Nodding Thistle
Onion Grass alongside Hawkweed
Japanese Knotweed tickling Paterson's Curse
Poverty Weed neighbouring Ragwort
Wheel Cactus cosying up to Fireweed.

The Meadow's Keeper / officially proud /
but free to eradicate
tends tenderly,
minds / alongside
one thousand bugs, worms, creepy crawlies
insects, rodents, birds crowning

Horehound and Giraffe Thorn
Pampus Lily-of-the-Valley and Chilean Cestrum
Bridal Creeper and Prickly Pear
Devil's Claw and St. John's Wort
Bindweed and Hardheads
Sweet Briar and Soldier Thistle.

Weeding weeds / officially an option /
but out of the Meadow Keeper's imaginings
would eradicate, 
uproot
one thousand drops of eccentricity, colour, beauty, 
breath, life, love.

(15) Comments

  1. I love this so much. The way you drew parallels between the idea of weeding in a garden, missing the beauty of those “unwanted plants”, and how that relates to our interactions with each other as people and a society is really powerful.

  2. The Meadow’s Keeper is such a great poem! You are very talented writer! Keep it up!

  3. What a creative poem. The last sentence gets me.

  4. What a fun poem. I love to garden and it so relatable. Beautiful words. And it all ends with life and LOVE!!

  5. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    This poem has such a deep meaning. I interpreted it as practicing acceptance, kindness and embracing diversity. All of us are beautiful in our own ways!

    1. Surekha-dreamingloud says:

      Such a deep heart warming poem, I love reading it so much..! Thanks for sharing.. 😘

  6. Nice poem. I like your style of poetry.

  7. the poem is too deep. did you write this poem? you have a deep perspective about life.

    1. I did write it, glad you like it! Thanks!

  8. Melanie williams says:

    I love to read a bit of poetry every now and again. this is a lovely written piece for sure xx

  9. What a great poem. You did such a great job writing this piece. I haven’t read many poems lately and I’m so glad I came across this one.

  10. This is a nice poem and just the idea of using these noxious weeds is very creative. 🙂

  11. What a beautifully written poem. You’ve done such a great job of conveying the emotion within the words.

  12. Very pretty poem! Its a great reminder that the so called weeds serve a valuable purpose in our ecosystem 🙂

  13. This is a great poem! Thank so much for sharing this with us!

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