The Dandelion and my Wife Strike Again

Written by: James Tate


I pondered the dandelion and its dazzling deed.
Some folks think this fluffy flower is a worthless weed.

But deep down inside its transparent fluff,
a thousand tassels hide in a sphere of spiracle stuff.

Embryonic umbrellas cuddle in cocoons,
until April’s sunshine tells us a miracle is coming soon.

Mystified and wondering, I was shaken from my dream,
and abruptly stopped my pondering when I heard a scream,

As my wife descended like an Afghan bomb!
“Go out and mow the weeds,” she said, “which last year you called lawn!”