To the Artist's Page To our home page
To Jason Hecker's previous piece To Jason Hecker's next piece
Ode to a Bunch of Dandelions It sticks up through the big crack in our sidewalk, just suddenly appearing the middle of last week my favorite spring flower, and not just because it's one of the few I can identify soon it multiplies and dozens take over the lawn, unstoppable cockroaches of the Plant Kingdom even if I wanted to, the only way to get rid of them is to spray around enough chemicals to poison the groundwater for the next 18 centuries so I just leave 'em be this could be why the neighbors with their meticulously cultivated beds of tulips, violets, roses buttercups, snapdragons, etc. don't seem to like me very much especially when my prize dandelions' heads turn to cotton balls and the wind blows their tiny paratrooper seeds up and down the block, a full-scale airborne invasion my boys give no quarter to the daffodils and other pansies those few weeks I'm the only one on the street with such a beautiful lawn and I spend no time at all digging and scratching in the dirt instead, I sit on my stoop in the sun cold beer in hand, cigar in mouth a ball game on the radio and watch all the neighbors get dirty and smelly I raise my sweaty bottle and drink their health.
To the top of this page