Weed I Won’t Pull

Selective focus photography of white petaled flower


Some hardship curved it into

a green ampersand. Tendrils sprout

along a resolute stem.

I want to lean close, ask

for some photoautotrophic wisdom.

Listen to the soil’s bacterial choir.

Convert to the worship

plants have practiced since the Beginning.



Poem by Laura Weldon

First published in Blackbird (Grayson Books, 2019)

Laura Grace Weldon has two poetry collections, Blackbird (Grayson 2019) and Tending (Aldrich 2013). She was named 2019 Ohio Poet of the Year. Laura lives on a small farm and spends too much time reading library books, cooking weird things, and singing to livestock. Connect with her at lauragraceweldon.com.