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    dots Submission Name: Flower or Weed?dots

    Author: cuddledumplin
    ASL Info:    36/ f/UK
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       Not as original or uniquely "Amy" as some others, but it gets the point across.

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    dotsFlower or Weed?dots

    Who decides the difference between a wildflower and a weed?
    Who decides that a daisy gets respect,
    and a dandelion is worthless?
    For the difference between the one you love,
    and the one that you cast away
    Is merely in name.
    Though I'm a weed to you,
    I have a bloom,
    and I'm just as wild
    and beautiful as she.

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      Dandelions are a pet flower of mine, though once upon a time I was taught to regard them as weeds.--ugly, loud ,obnoxious whose sole purpose was to despoil my velveteeen , manicured lawn!. Now the bloom profusely , and ye Keith is so right--they do learn to "lay low" when routinely mowed,--but I love their resilience--they are up and blooming the very next day!

    Your parallel drawn between the classification criteria in plants, animals and people is a good one, and the dandelion is a universal symbol (to me) of this phenomenon. Silver

    (I once lived in a beautiful glacial area where all types of alpine wildflowers bloomed --tourists cam from all over the world to photograph these meadows--yet the village crews, mowed down the lupines that grew wantonly along the roadsides--they too came back--though not as quickly as the dandies)
    | Posted on 2004-06-04 00:00:00 | by Silverdog | [ Reply to This ]
      great write, one of my faves. this is extremely poignant, amy. loved the metaphor, and the complexity and somewhat simplicity of the poem. food for thought. btw, i've always loved dandelions. my favorite thing in the world is to wait until they go to seed, pick them, and blow their seed into the wind... oh here i go, here's another poem about to take bloom!!!!! ciao~
    | Posted on 2004-06-01 00:00:00 | by colagirl | [ Reply to This ]
      I like this piece.

    I suppose it's all a matter of perspective; what people think is beautiful and what is not. Most times though, we get set to think a certain cuz some higher up or something said "it shall be like this....". I dunno, i try to find beauty in all things cuz they were all created unique by God. Who am i to say something's not beautiful if it is His handywork? All perfect in their own ways, the dandelion and the flower
    | Posted on 2004-05-22 00:00:00 | by MusingMinstrel | [ Reply to This ]
      the beauty that can pour out of someone through their words is remarkable. your poem strikes a chord deep within my weedy little soul... that feels unwanted and abandoned. and gives it hope that one day someone will see it as a flower.
    | Posted on 2004-05-22 00:00:00 | by freeradical | [ Reply to This ]
      A very nice metaphor here...well done! (as always)
    | Posted on 2004-05-21 00:00:00 | by Emerging Soul | [ Reply to This ]
      good question to propose who does classify a weed or a flower..... b/c ive seen some pretty weeds that grow in my yard some have pretty purple blooms too lol, great write, it make s you think short and simple, and it really does get your point across.
    | Posted on 2004-05-21 00:00:00 | by gigglygirl | [ Reply to This ]
      i really like this, amy. i totally agree. i have a hard time pulling up dandelions in my yard or any other weed that produces a pretty flower! touche on your last two lines! i'm not sure what i'd call uniquely "Amy," 'cause all that you write is uniquely Amy!
    | Posted on 2004-05-21 00:00:00 | by magnicat | [ Reply to This ]
      You raise the question of what is good and what is bad with beautiful simplicity. I'm not sure that we all decide "For the difference between the one you love
    And the one that you cast away
    Is merely in name" but it does raise some perplexing characteristics on choice. A good write cuddle.
    | Posted on 2004-05-21 00:00:00 | by oixi | [ Reply to This ]
      I like weed. in our garden started to grow this little blue flower (no idea what it could be). first only a few but from year to year more. it's really nice, but nobody knows were it came from. I like it so much although it's weed cause it's the first flower that blossoms in the spring.
    to your poem. I liked it very much. you stated interesting questions. and I can feel a bit of anger and how you (or some lyrical 'I') try to state to some guy that not always only the obvious beautiful is beautiful. very well done!
    | Posted on 2004-05-21 00:00:00 | by eve1684 | [ Reply to This ]
      A weed is an unwanted plant.

    My yard is full of these transient plants. I water them.

    No weeds, here.
    | Posted on 2004-05-21 00:00:00 | by Learah | [ Reply to This ]
      The front page of Harper's and Queen's or a billboard with a push-up model in her inflatable bra.
    They have a lot to do with it.
    But that's all pretty well worthless - as you know.
    It's the flower's resistance to oppression and small mindedness that counts.
    Have you ever noticed how dandelions 'learn' to grow flat when they've been mown a couple of times?
    And still they flower.
    Give me the 'weed' every time...
    Get some sleep!
    | Posted on 2004-05-21 00:00:00 | by Awkward | [ Reply to This ]

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