Ecosystem Poem By Anna Rabinowitz

Ecosystem Poem By Anna Rabinowitz

That somber greens—ferns, conifers, cycads—flittered
with fruit and bloom
That earth’s face pinked, reddened, honeycombed glow
That angiosperm came to outnumber gymnosperm
That they seduced insect, bat, and bird, flaunting colors
and smelling good
That they multiplied, hybridized, colonized east to far,
north to near, valley to peak
That brush crowded out burr oak and big bluestem grass
That weed evicted sweet brown-eyed Susan
That buckthorn unseated cream gentian and violet bush clover
That there had been prairie-fringed orchid, Indian grass,
large-leafed aster
That there had grown starry campion and bottlebrush grass
That there had flown great spangled fritillaries, Edwards’ Hairstreaks
That Cooper’s hawks, eastern bluebirds, Appalachian browns
had manned the trees

That what was mis-taken reappeared
That flowers strummed in the trees

That they made it and made it, new, now, and again,
That it is possible, possible, spreading, and so

Anna Rabinowitz
first published in Barrow Street, Winter 2001

Ecosystem Poem By Anna Rabinowitz

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