The Danger of Dandelions
Yesterday they were yellow,
peppercorns of color across the lawn,
counterpoint to the green.
Weeds to some.
Flowers to others.
Dangerous things for those that hate them,
because in a day, just one day,
They become puffballs,
hundreds of seeds,
waiting for the next good breeze.
About this poem
The average dandelion flower has between 180 to 400 seeds. Not all of them will find a spot that is conducive for growth. But many will.
It is my belief that when we actively respect and love, we are dandelion seeds. 1st Corinthians 13:13 – “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
They are the one faithful flower I can always count on to bloom!
An early (if not the earliest) food source every year for pollinators emerging from winter – also a natural fertilizer wherever they bloom, their roots go deep and cycle essential nutrients from deeper in the soil to layers above. Still trying to convince our neighbors of these gifts that dandelions provide. They still who look askance at the profusion of yellow in our yard of those benefits- as I happily sent wishes aloft day and after.