Thursday, July 28, 2011

grass




the grasses
of the Sarengetti
differ from
the grasses of Iowa

differ from Viet Nam, Scotland
the Ukraine, yes 

grass differs in length, stature
and too - color - browns to green; sage
to yellows - to burnt to brown

lush versus tender, tall
it versus
mowed - woven into rooted humus

grass holds
our ancestral ghost, holds
our hearts - holds our
breath -

grass unites
all who trespass
its boundaries; beast or bird - heed its calling
in wind and sun, in
heat and rain,  - grass

feeds us, pulls us
warms us and weaves us
we milk it
we harvest it
we turn it - we

taste its soul
on summers day 
lodge it between
our teeth - and it

(grass)

lays us down
lion to lamb

bkmackenzie
copyrighted 2011

13 comments:

  1. a simple topic, but you take the reader on a journey...nice one bkm.

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  2. ..yes, i agree with Old Ollie.. very simple subject but volumes really wide.. things will never be totally the same as the one in other side of the world... there's always a diffirence that could be traced like the twins who may seem the same in many ways still differs in strokes of finger prints. i enjoyed it.

    ~Kelvin

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  3. Lush, colorful - grass is one of my favorite plants. Not the forced lawn-type, but the natural grasses mixing Timothy with others in upstate New York, the burnt-umber grasses above in the image. It's truly one of God's miracles, adaptable and always with us...
    My take was, um... different! Amy
    http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/grass/

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  4. lovely...i like to walk barefoot in it...and i do tend to put sprig in my mouth as i walk around at times...like ref there at the end as well...

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  5. It was beautiful, the difference the deep thoughts... it was a feeling.. I loved it :)

    Cheers,

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  6. Good one, Barbara! I loved the thought of the different grasses all over the world. Basic food -and home - to so many species.

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  7. It shows the world is not so easily divided...so simple a thing, yet so majestic in how you sight it. Most hardly give it a second thought, as we see it every day...but it can take us on a journey the world over. Lovely.

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  8. Lovely take. Never anticipated the simple blade of grass can evoke such tender feelings

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  9. I love the view over here and how you magical took us away. "our ancestral ghost, holds
    our hearts - holds our
    breath -
    Beautiful!

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  10. Is it only when used as a prompt we truly look at grass? You traveled the world to give us a fresh look. Excellent.

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  11. "grass holds
    our ancestral ghost,"

    made me think of our ancient connection to grasslands.

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