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  • April 23rd, 2009 | 10:52 PM
National Poetry Month Haiku #23 Coyote Mint

This is another one of my favorite plants, Coyote Mint. I have two kinds in my yard, the regular and the willowly, and I love them both. They like the sun and are pretty drought tolerant and the bees and the butterflies adore them. Their little pincushion flowers always have company. But what I like best is the reaction on people's faces when they see the flower and ask me what it is. I say Coyote Mint and all they hear is "mint" and they start to back away very fast as though it might be contagious. But California Native mints are not invasive at all. They are a very well behaved plant and I have many of them in the front and the back yards.


Coyote Mint

purple pincushion
soldiers quiver at your name
invade my yard, please

--- Susan Taylor Brown
      April 23, 2009

@copyright Susan Taylor Brown 2009
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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April 24th, 2009 09:24 am (UTC)
Susan, I just wanted to say again how much I'm enjoying both reading your haiku and sharing your process. An added bonus has been discovering all sorts of lovely plants I hadn't heard of.
April 24th, 2009 09:25 am (UTC)
Live Journal tricks me every time. The comment above was another Susan, the Book Chook!
April 24th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Re: oops!
Thanks, Susan! Don't you have an openid? If so, it should work here.
April 24th, 2009 10:26 am (UTC)
Love this haiku.

I also love mint, and in our yard its the pesky invasive kind. But I grow it anyway, marveling at its tenacity and embracing the annual give and take. (I take a smidgeon of what grows for tea--hot and iced--and some special dishes ... and it gives me four times more than I need!)

Thanks for sharing ...
April 25th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
I love the wild invasive kind too though I grow it in pots on the courtyard. :0
April 24th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, my doggie would gobble that down so FAST! :)
April 25th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, he's a plant eater? Cassie tries a few of them but usually I can make her stop. The hardest is the pot pond because she thinks it's her job to take all the plants out of the pond for me. Oy!
April 27th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
He eats everything. No exaggeration. The only thing he doesn't seem to like is that fake vegetable-based "cheese"--I don't blame him. I spit it out myself. :)
April 24th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Reading Coyote Mint, a perfect way to start my debut day. Enjoy these Haiku each morning. Thanks Susan.
April 25th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Lee. Happy debuting!!!
April 24th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Susan! Yikes!

There's PG-13 poetry on my friends list today!

April 25th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
hehehe. I hadn't thought it that way at first.
April 29th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Art is in the eye of the beholder.

And my eye is in the gutter, apparently. :)

May 1st, 2009 08:14 am (UTC)
No problem. My mind goes there too. :0
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

Who am I? Read and find out.

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