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weedseed poem #1

 weedseed poem #1

going through old farm stuff I find
a folder called wis crop improvement
ass’n it holds a 1965 program for an
area meet that includes a workshop on
weed seed identification and ends BE
SURE TO BRING YOUR GLASSES
SINCE WE WILL BE LOOKING AT
WEED SEEDS there follows a list and
descriptions starting with quackgrass:
“about 3/8 inch long, narrow, hollowed
on one side with rachilla at base—green
to straw colored.” do you want to hear
descriptions of the rest? yellow foxtail,
green foxtail, wild buckwheat (black  
bindweed), ladysthumb (smartweed),  
red sorrel, curled dock, lambsquarter,
white cockle, yellow rocket, ragweed,
hoary alyssum, wild mustard, wild
radish, leafy spurge, dodder, buckhorn,
oxeye daisy, canada thistle, sowthistle,
velvet weed—what? no? I didn’t think so

©2013 Jacqueline Jackson

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