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Ode to the Dandelion
Kathleen Bunyan Carlson


A golden frenzy greets the spring
just before the warmth seeps in
as sunbursts leap the garden wall
and frolic near the waterfall.
The First Flower, vibrant, rugged,
fills each crevice with a nugget,
while huddled in its winter clothes,
green with envy, sulks the rose,
wishing so that it had been
first flower on the springtime scene.
Enraged, the jealous bud decreed
“This fuzzy’s nothing but a weed!
Let’s deny the springtime honor
to this gaudy gold commoner.”
“No, it is for me to say
which flower welcomes spring today,
and I, the sun, have chosen one
in my own bright reflection.”
So let us pile the praises high
on this, the golden dandelion,
joyous pinwheel, sign of birth,
bringing springtime to the earth.


© by Kathleen Bunyan Carlson. 
Used with the author’s permission.



Kathleen Carlson was born on the island of Aruba, Netherlands Antilles; she and her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1953 and Kathleen became a U.S. citizen in 1974. She began writing poetry at the age of seven and has enjoyed a diverse writing career, working in technical and governmental as well as creative capacities. Kathleen lives in Mission, Texas with her husband and tabby cat.


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Wilda Morris:
I love the dandelions, too. And found a couple of the blooming in my yard today.
Posted 03/22/2016 07:29 PM
Great poem. I love dandelions, can't wait to see their bright faces ~
Posted 03/20/2016 05:41 PM
Lori Levy:
Great! Love the way the rhyme works in this poem.
Posted 03/20/2016 04:47 PM
Its bright shiny face is an ode to spring, and so glad you championed it. Yes, Kevin. We can't forget the sunflower later.
Posted 03/20/2016 02:53 PM
Yes, yes, and yes. And while we're there, a little later on, let's leave a little room for sunflowers
Posted 03/20/2016 09:27 AM
Lovely - thank you for the smile!
Posted 03/20/2016 08:42 AM
Posted 03/20/2016 08:37 AM
I'm getting to hate automatic spell check. To make turns into Tomane which makes no sense at all.
Posted 03/20/2016 08:24 AM
Wonderful, I love rhyming verse. I have often wondered who decided the dandelion is just a weed. The greens are edible and it can be used Tomane wine. Thanks for the cheerful verse. Marvellous use of words.
Posted 03/20/2016 05:24 AM
Jane Eva Cooper:
The first flower of the year is the aconite here in UK - but a charming poem nevertheless.
Posted 03/20/2016 03:47 AM
I am very fond of dandelions - so thank you for championing their cause.
Posted 03/20/2016 03:01 AM

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