A Weed is a Flower in the Wild

My Place in Space by Maria L. Berg

For today’s Poetics prompt at dVerse Poets Pub, Sarah encourages us to celebrate National Weed Appreciation Day.

Over at National Day Calendar I found some tips on how to observe this day of appreciation:


  • Take the day to learn some of the benefits of the plants, weeds, flora, and fauna around us.
  • Create a wildflower or native species garden. 
  • Identify the “weeds” in your neighborhood. 
  • Do you want to learn more? Read 5 Edible and Medicinal Weeds.
  • Learn the uses and share your knowledge using #WeedAppreciationDay on social media.

And I’ll add:

  • write poems about weeds
  • pick weeds and use them as negative space filters for photographs

Last year I discovered that I can put a small weed on clear plastic and use it as a shape filter for my images. I hadn’t tried it in a long time, so this morning I took a walk and finally found a couple of Early Blue Violets to use in my filters this morning.

Weeds by Maria L. Berg 2023

A Weed is a Flower in the Wild

My driveway is a testament
to the futility of forcing
nature to form.

High-pitched human wind
of the leaf-blower
may keep it at bay
for about a day but
that is all.

It is no match for nature’s howl.

This morning the lake
flowed like a raging river
as branches broke and scattered
fir cones fell and skittered
fir needles re-carpeted
the pavement splattered
white by appreciative bird-life.

The early blue violet
boldly holds its symmetry
against the chaos.
The weed among the plants,
its beauty confounds its label.
A deep purple jewel against
the gray and green
misvalued and rejected
yet persistent and free
like truth and love
only softer and more prevalent.

Weeds II. by Maria L. Berg 2023

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