Typewriter Rodeo: Weeds

Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem on Texas topics.

By Jodi EgertonJune 29, 2018 10:56 am,

Growing your own summer salad? You’d be amazed at how many unwanted guests will pop up.


I have carefully crafted this garden
Fragrant herbs and brilliantly popping petals
But always, inevitably
They visit
The uninvited, the plants who know the soil so well
They don’t need introductions
They don’t need delicate nudging
Or fine-tuned sunlight

No, these plants shimmy up between my onions
Sneak in between rosemary & thyme
And slurp up

That I was saving for my living salad
Welcome, weeds
Welcome to my garden, welcome to my hands
And welcome to my compost heap
Your journey is my journey
Thanks for visiting
And thanks for the reminder
To get my fingernails
Rich with soil

Produced by Laura Rice.