the promiscuity of pollen

Summers, I drive past
regimented rows of patented plants
weedless and well-watered
behind signs saying where
seed DNA was spun,
like gold from straw was once,
magic from a mundane wheel;
but centrifuged stiltskin-like
and greedy for progeny.

There’s no stopping the spread.
Wind is innocent and bees
follow instinct as directionless.
Pollen is promiscuous and doesn’t care
who owns its code in the scatter
towards seasonal immortality,
the only way plants can know it.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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29 Responses to the promiscuity of pollen

  1. Ha! ‘Pollen is promiscuous …’ killer statement ma’am 🙂

  2. Rhonda says:

    plant sperm season again…gotta love it!

  3. Heartafire says:

    ;-), I may never think of pollen In the same way again! Fine writing.

  4. I like this Susan. but then again it would be odd if i didn’t. It’s still nicely raw.

  5. Very nice. 🙂 Promiscuous pollen’. wow!

  6. Mary says:

    Promiscuous pollen spreading itself hither and yon reminds me of some men…..oops, did I say that? Smiles.

  7. Let’s be like plants.

  8. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    I am hoping that the promiscuity of pollen is what will save all of us -and the bees- from the gene tyrants who want to build a world of weedless hedgerows. As a weed myself, I object of course.

  9. mobius faith says:

    “promiscuous pollen” = pollen porn? 🙂

  10. biology at its finest – atchoo!

  11. that’s genius Susan !

  12. nelle says:

    Well done. Powerful. True.

  13. Mari says:

    brilliant woman, you! hatchoo!

  14. dannypereyra says:

    Thats a cool way to think about pollen, giving it the personification and taking control of its purpose away from exterior things. Its promiscuous. Nice.

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