"Ponderynge together yestardayes promise, and two-dayes doyng"
(Hall's Chronicle - 1548)


"Goronigl gwyr yr Ynys" (Lewis Glyn Cothi - 1450)

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Dandelion (Compositae: Taraxacum officinale)

 19th century lithograph by Carl Friedrich Schmidt



Dant y Llew, like Dent de Lion
sounding fierce with ragged teeth;
as kids we called it ‘wet-the-bed’
(like piss-en-lit), shreds
of meaning to compose a memory:

Pulling the yellow heads off the stalks
we’d sit on the grass plucking each petal,
daring each other to nibble, and then
“you’ll wet the be-ed” from the girls
and we thought of them wetting the bed
too and plucked again as, tooth
against tooth, we dared damp sheets
.

On waste ground or green fields
they have always infused
memory’s sweet wine
calling back lost hours:

Blow on white feathers – one-o-clock, two …
drifting through passing years they shine
on every roadside edge and seedy garden
keeping their own time after time.




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