Thursday, March 27, 2008

A weed indeed

Like mountain crests in alpine air peeking through the fog
Cypress knees protrude above the algae coated bog
The winsome spires conjure thoughts of a prehistoric day
when lifespans could be cut in half by your natural
To cure they gathered herbs and bark for potions they would make
and crushed and ground them into tonics the sick would gladly take

These medicines of theirs they cured all ailments, every sting,
they'd fling their fear into the wind and circle 'round and sing
Today our standards say they're quacky, these natural healing men
our doc's will try if you're insured, maybe, perhaps just then

Some times you feel they want it all, your cranberry colored blood
and when you're dry they'll toss what remains, into the primordial mud
So, if I had the chance to travel, back several millennia ago
I'd miss my lattes, sushi and my Hybrid car yet though
When I arrived I'd know that I could easily foretell
the days when roots and weeds become the biggest known "hard sell"


Michelle Johnson said...

Excellent poem. I don't always rely on what a doctor tells me to do. I have been known to try a few different healing methods. And, I am happy to say it worked, too. Going back in time to see how the natural healers did their thing would be very interesting. Like you though I would miss some of today's amenities. Have a nice weekend.

tumblewords said...

Nice poem - I doubt I'd miss sushi, but, otherwise... Grin. Love the way you used the prompt.

paisley said...

what i find most intriguing about modern medicine is that the majority of it has its roots any many of its ingredients rooted in the old herbal cures....

excellent write... and i love the subject matter....

One More Believer said...

now that was an interesting post to the prompt... i was just chattin w/someone today abt doctors who heal beyond the pills.. great piece...

Christine said...

I've read several poems here that have been inspired by history and science. I've always wanted to try Ayurvedic medicine, which is more topical rather than internal.