Cultivation


Weed
we spit: anarchist
we accuse

Some snap stems, discard seed 
grasp leaves, dig dirt 
until each root 
is forcibly freed, but many 
use herbicide
for ease

"Die, weed, die
we cry with glee. Double dahlias
are what we need. Chemical feed will help
us raise crowds of blowsy blooms
from cultivated seed"

Bees leave
to seek pollen that they
can reach

Along steamy streets
pockets of green tickle pavements
reaching to conceal heaped waste
which feigns
innocent sleep

Beyond greedy shops, magnates' dreams
emigrate to where labour is cheap. Concrete and steel
remain, obsolete. Filth tipped into rivers
fails to biodegrade.

Far from the plastic parade, wide roads
surrender to narrow lanes,
white lines give way to green blades.
Hedgerows parade accord between living species,
yet earth's tilth is tipped to ill-health, trees strain
to clean our mistakes and seasons
struggle to progress

A frayed leaflet
flitting in the wake of a chance breeze
asks

Which Path Will You Take?

©Jane Paterson Basil

8 thoughts on “Cultivation

  1. Oh, just fabulous. Can I say I miss your words dearly – and it seems, but it might just be me, that your writing has grown a lot since I have last seen you. I know – I’m no expert – simply a lover of the written word, but wow. Just love it!

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    1. How lovely to hear from you Sumyanna! There have been several positive changes in my life this year, which somehow make it hard to focus on poetry or blogging. I don’t know whether my writing has improved, but if it has, I have my son to thank. He writes incredible poetry which inspires me to use words in a better way . but I don’t think I’ll ever reach his standard.

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      1. I seriously read this again – trying to see if you have written any new posts. I have to say, there is such soul in your writing. You feel the emotion. Just amazing. Have missed you, but hoping that you are enjoying life in the read world and keeping safe.

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  2. Wow. I didn’t even realize how much I have missed you until reading this just now. Oh. My. Freaking. GOD!! I have to work to not be burdened by this very thing you so beautifully articulate lest it plague and envelop my entire being and reason for being.

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