First of all, this post probably should have been called My Thoughts on Dandelions and Other Assorted Weeds, but that just seemed like a rather long title and probably gave so much away that nobody would read it. The shortened title, at least to my mind, contains some mystery. There is the possibility that I might be talking about more than dandelions. There is the possibility that this whole thing might contain an important allegory.
When I got off the bus, I was confronted by this field of rather unkempt grass. Though I passed this way in the morning, I certainly don’t remember seeing it that way. Perhaps the field spouted while I was at work. Perhaps the sun was in my eyes.
I have heard several people complaining about the fields of these things in my neighbourhood. My neighbour has even ranted at me a couple of times. Many people seem to stop and shake their heads before continuing their walks. The ones with immaculate lawns are probably slyly importing banned weed killer from across the border–but who am I to say.
Certainly, keeping poisons from our water tables is a noble goal. Publically, many shouted bravo. Privately, they rushed out to the store to stock up on Killex, and patted themselves on the back for their foresight. The rest of us gamely try to pull the weeds when they show up and douse the ones in the cracks with boiling water. All the while I wonder, is there any animal out there that could just come and eat these things? If we can make dandelion wine….maybe we don’t need dandelion whine.
Is there some beauty in the weeds? Could I look upon a field of these things, as I did getting off the bus, and think that they look beautiful? Having been taught from an early age that they were not beautiful, it seems somewhat doubtful. What about when they are so commonplace that our children will see them just as grass and not pests?
Confronted by a field of them, on a bright sunny afternoon, at least for a moment, I thought differently. For a moment, reflecting that nature had the upper hand against mankind and its inventions, I could see the ironic beauty in it.
Then again, it is only a matter of time until we will discover and effective organic weed killer.