“Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.” A.A. Milne
This isn’t the first time that I’ve written about dandelions (to see a previous post and my favorite dandelion picture ever, click here). Every year they delight me more, and this year, it seems like there’s been a bumper crop. I’ve been more fascinated than ever and I’ve taken picture after picture of them in all different stages, from all different angles. It’s addictive! I’ve also been having a lot of fun reading and writing dandelion inspired poetry.
This Valerie Worth poem is one of my perennial favorites. (Get it? lol)
A day, burning
A husk, a
In a week
And here is a new favorite of mine, discovered this spring in my dandelion mania.
I Wandered Lonely as a … Dandelion?
by William Barton
A plague on your daffodils, Mr Wordsworth.
Granted, daffodils look very fine – harbinger of spring and such,
But they just stand about admiring themselves
or head-tossing and fluttering in a freezing gale,
and you can buy a pot in any corner shop.
The trouble with daffodils is that they turn up
at such a miserable time of the year – snow, ice, fog etc –
season of flu and fruity cold-full-ness.
As a countryman you should have written a poem about
“a crowd, a host of…dandelions”
(click here to read the remainder of this delightful poem)
And here are two of my recent efforts.
Things To Do If You’re a Dandelion
Spangle a spring meadow
Sway in a breeze
Tap deep into soil
Nourish the bees
Gather your energy
Pucker up tight
Then burst into seed and
Launch into flight
©2018 M. Hogan
Shakes out her gossamer skirts
Poised to grant wishes
©2018 M. Hogan
If you’re not suffering from dandelion fatigue yet, here’s a time-lapse video of a dandelion moving through its life cycle. I could watch it again and again! (and have!)
Finally, here are some of my favorite dandelion photos.
Kiesha Shepard is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup on her blog, Whispers from the Ridge. She’s sharing a beautiful summer poem and links to more poetic treats.