I was introduced to them by my father
who learned about them from his
and so on back to
who messed up big time
with forbidden fruit
and made things even worse
by trying to pass the buck
(which did not endear him
to the woman
but that’s another story).
What came of it was earth cursed:
“thorns and thistles
it shall bring forth to thee.”
Which is why, if no one is looking.
I lean down and pluck the chickweed
from the pathetic strip of marigolds
along the crannied wall at
Burger King.

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