Wednesday, April 20, 2011

These Things By Their Names

Calling things by their names
is not the same thing as
calling them by
their nature. For instance:

to say,
Gleditsia Triacarthus
& Quercus Rubra

is not the same as saying

Honey Locust
& Red Oak

which once again
say nothing so much as

________________“Majestic outline,
________________ filtered sun
________________ copper in Autumn”
____________________________ (Honey Locust)


________________ “Symmetry and color
________________ street or shade tree
________________ a shelter for wildlife”
______________________________ (Red Oak)

_______does not bark
_______don’t croak

but Cornus florida Rubra
explodes with fat, pink, spring blossoms


Crocus Sativus L.

sleeps through the Winter
under snow covered earth
to finally rise, a
flaming yellow phoenix
when the world begins to stir

1 comment:

linda said...

The naming of things!!! Always an interesting concept... I REALLY like this poem. Those Latin names take on such a poetic sound of their own... this is pretty magnificent, bravooo... this deserves to be read aloud.