Poetry Issue 9

   Issue # 9: January-June 2008

Eva Hooker

from Notes for Survival in the Wilderness

      13. Food from a Flower

      True lilies are tall and solitary rising from deep-seated bulbs in hard ground.

      The flowers are blue, yellow, purple, red and green or a mix of these.
      The bulbs are delicious, raw or cooked.

      Wild onions and wild garlic are similar in appearance.

      Geranium makes a potent tea. Its fruit capsules are beaked
      and resemble the bill of a crane.

      The yellow lady slipper, sure cure for sleeplessness, is rare.
      Leave it. If any part is used,

      it will die. If left where you find it, it will bloom

      one hundred years.


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