When is a Weed a Weed? ~ An Allegorical Poem regarding weed-like folk ~

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Poem & Photography by Sherrie Robins

When is a weed, a weed?

When did it fall from grace?

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It’s beauty diminished in our eyes,

Unwanted and out of place.

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What are the naysayers saying?

Who has given them right?

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To judge wildflowers unjustly,

To call them ne’er but a blight.


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Surely, there’s bad weeds in the garden,

But it’s not always so easy to say,

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Directing one’s judgments correctly,

Knowing which way’s the right way.

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For beauty can be found in odd places,

Overlooked by the mere human eye,

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Joy waiting just there to surprise you,

Unexpected, but revealed, by and by.

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For some have come up from hard places,

Dark corners, reaching out for the sun.

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They’ve reached as far as they could grow,

Without help from anyone.

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Still, others have grown up together,

Just trying to do their fair best,

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There are those tattered and torn in their beauty,

Needing our help, and a rest.

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Not all flowers are nurtured,

Clipped, snipped, watered and fed,

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But sometimes a weed is a flower,

To be treasured and noticed, when led…

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(Photos taken along a walk to the Niagara Gorge, with the exception of the daisies, which are in the Berkshire Mountains, and the orchids, taken at the Buffalo Botanical Gardens.)

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