Friday, October 15, 2010

Poetry Friday: Dandelion

This is me, once again reminding you to sign up for the Poetry 180 series, "a poem a day for American high schools," but really, it's a stream for all of us. Here's poem #156:


Julie Lechevsky

My science teacher said
there are no monographs
on the dandelion.

Unlike the Venus fly-trap
or Calopogon pulchellus,
it is not a plant worthy of scrutiny.

It goes on television
between the poison squirt bottles,
during commercial breakaways from Ricki Lake.

But that's how life
to my home.

where they make you do

Poetry Friday is hosted today by my poetry sister and fellow Cybils judge, Liz Garton Scanlon. (Remember to nominate a poetry book for the Cybils by midnight tonight!)


  1. Thanks for posting this one -- and for the reminder to sign up. I just did!

  2. Oh, this is so fine!

  3. grow like a dandelion -- gold to white and then blow away to the next yard. Yes.

  4. Yes! This one reminds me of the 100 Cupboards and Dandelion Fire books by N.D. Nelson. If you haven't read them you are in for a treat! The power of dandelion fire is formidable!

  5. I like this one. I'm signing up right now! Thanks!


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