It was the first flower I knew.
And when it went to seed
I blew it – EVERYWHERE
I knew nothing about its disdain –
how our neighbors tried to stop me.
And to this day
do not know where the “lion” part
Nor do I know how “tiger lilies”
(much more acceptable
than the yellow flower’s lion)
got their name.
It must be that some botanist
who has the naming power over flowers
was a wild animal man.
Of course, there is tame “dogwood”
Maybe the botanist cared for all animals.
Even a porcupine has some affinity
to pine trees.
I thought by now I’d know more than I do.
I still like dandelions
and I would want them on my casket
were I to have on —
but I’ve decided not to.
Russ Peery —-June 2018