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  • April 24th, 2009 | 11:26 PM
National Poetry Month Haiku #24 Milkweed

When I was a kid we had a lot of milkweed growing in the back, back yard (the one we use to store old wood and junk,) It grew like the weed it was and the Monarchs would come every year. It's a sacrificial plant - one to plant in-between the others in your garden - because if you get Monarchs, and if the wasps don't eat all the eggs, you'll have a lot of hungry caterpillars munching on the leaves. With the eggs, come the aphids and the ants, who sort of take care of each other. And then the wasps come along and pick off a lot of the caterpillars which is why so many people will bring the cats inside to raise.

I only have about six of these so far but will continue to add more. I don't know if I'll get any Monarchs this year, but hopefully next year.


monarchs flutter, soon
cocooned caterpillars sleep
hurry, I can't wait

--- Susan Taylor Brown
      April 24, 2009

@copyright Susan Taylor Brown 2009


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April 25th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's the one. And my grandfather used to yell at me for doing that because he said the butterflies wouldn't have any food.
April 25th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
I like the fun impatience in this one!
April 25th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC)
thanks. It really needs a good last line but I worked on it for several hours and had to go to bed. Ugh. Revision can come in May.
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April 26th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
Thanks. The haiku needs work but I was happy to go outside and see that the milkweed was coming up just fine.
April 26th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Susan, I've got some. They were in my garden yesterday--three of them--Monarchs! You've inspired me to put milkweed on the hillside next year. If I can get tree of those beautiful butterflies without those plants, think what can happen with them. Now I can't wait.

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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.

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