to see Margaret Gosden's painting of the Dandelion.
FINE AND DANDY!
Margaret painted some dandelions in colours richly hued,
Flower and puff together in a 'conservation' mood.
Her painting set me thinking about this little 'weed'
Stigmatised by it's very name! A sorry fate indeed!
And so I Googled 'Dandelion' and found that it's been lauded!
By artists and photographers its charms have been applauded!
Consider it's lovely yellow orb, as brilliant as a daisy's!
That it's considered common-place is a thought that quite amazes!
It's like a cushion made of gold: each petal seeks the sun
Standing precisely in its place by another one!
Sharon Marcella Marston
Consider it's truly wondrous leaves, elegant and indented;
The 'lion's teeth', the 'dent de lion', with form and flare presented.
From a central point of departure behold the curving grace
Of each leaf seeming to take a bow in its appointed place!
And then consider the miracle, that puff-ball work of art!
See, when the blossom's faded how the progeny depart!
The magic of the seed dispersal turned into ballet,
With every airy particle dancing upon its way!
They are spoken-of with rancour; they are treated as mere pests!
They are the nasty little weeds each gardener detests.
They fear they'll swamp their other flowers, their precious little blooms,
The rigid painted notables they show-off in their rooms.
But if dandelions took-over and the other flowers were routed,
And all the rules of gardening were just ignored or flouted,
We could have a world of dandelions, like that you see below.
And we could do a great deal worse!
Grow, Dandelions, grow!
A child's-eye view of weeds here: