The Sadness Of Binary Gardens – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“A weed is but an unloved flower.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Sadness Of Binary Gardens

There was a time when I
was a more zealous weeder
than I am right now.
I was full of the 
doctrines of identification,
learning to label and classify,
to take the hoe and cut
off the roots of community,
separating one plant from another,
those deemed less worthy 
to be be incinerated,
Some weeds are marked as
ready to be sprayed or cut down,
others are tolerated for a time.
Such is the everyday garden 
of this world where not all
plants are equal.

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
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14 responses to “The Sadness Of Binary Gardens – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Yes who are we to decide what should survive when we are all struggling. I really liked this poem Paul. It made me think. There is beauty everywhere.

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  2. Could also apply to the human condition.

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  3. A sad allegory, and far too true.

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  4. lync56

    I love this metaphor


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  5. I remember having a problem with this when very young. Then in my teens I spoke with someone who had psychically participated in the death of a rose (painless unless by fire), and later in my thirties had the equally psychic conversation described in my poem “Strawberry Tantrica.”

    I understand more now about why human beings have timelessly and universally blessed, specifically, their food ~ and also that weeding, too, may be done in such a state of reverent gratitude as to ease the way for those who do not live to blossom…

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