Thayne Tuason

Veteran Poet - 1,157 Points (1973)

Regrets Of A Botanist (In Part) - Poem by Thayne Tuason


the Chilean Arucarias call

from far on a distant ridge

with winds of the Pacific Ocean

blowing through their hair

the Senecio on Kilimanjaro

of these we have here too

but as herbs near streams

not Dr. Seuss trees

and even Death Valley

the one place no one really wants to go

is the one place a botanist must

like a Mecca of the SW US

only though when the conditions are perfect

the rain has fallen

the temperatures just right

does it become carpeted with rainbows

in which every scene

takes on a surreal quality of resurrection

for life

this fleeting ephemeral thing

was different everywhere


but instead we deal in minor nuances

checking every crack for something new

around every corner

doing forensic botany

in which days of life have long since past

drawn to the roots

blown to the wind

studying seed pods

becoming better at those with lesser glamour

more tedious and confusing

to identify

the minor details

the minor details

(no changes in the bigger picture)

and in those minor details

are all the plants that Pat Packard found

new to science and

that were named after her

without checking those

it is just another plant

another sagebrush

another pea

another …

Topic(s) of this poem: flowers, science

Form: Free Verse

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Poem Submitted: Monday, February 15, 2016

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