A Master Gardener
Weeds are simply plants that don’t belong.
Environmentalists would say that they
Are just as valuable as corn or wheat.
I wonder, would they give them equal space
Among their roses, daffodils, and kale?
Should dandelions be protected plants?
Valerian? stinging nettle? spurge?
My garden beds are overrun with weeds.
Oxalis, pigweed, wild mustard grow
Alongside bearded iris, cone flowers,
Hibiscus. Still, I wonder if I should
Be practicing a more traditional
Approach to gardening and pull the weeds.
But then again, it certainly would help
My back, and I could say, if anyone
Should ask, “My garden’s ecologically
Balanced. Nothing’s where it shouldn’t be.
I don’t have weeds. I’ve only plants God made.
And everything’s as God intended.” There!