Meticulous the Gardener

Meticulous the Gardener by Tawona Ganyamatopé Sitholé

that plant is a weed

meticulous the gardener

decides with no hesitation

growing where it shouldn’t

so of kukosha

having none

so here come

necessary tools for necessary

hacking

hacking

digging

digging

that plant

of a thriving population

born of wind pollination

grounded such thing

earthed by totem being

a weed for weeding

and to do it properly

have to pull from the roots

and that’s the land cleared

this plant is a plant

meticulous the gardener

knows with no investigation

growing there it should

and of kukosha

having tonnes

so here come

necessary tools for necessary

tending

tending

fencing

fencing

this plant

of promising signs

born of meticulous design

founded such thing

birthed by human being

a plant for planting

and to do it properly

have to pool from the youth

and that’s the land developed

this plant that is rooted not in soil

this plant that stems not from seed

this plant that branches not for light

this seedling that is not a sibling

of scattered fellow earthlings

although raw materials will be ripening as it grows

so is this then what develop meant


this plant that does not dance in the wind

this plant that does not drink in the rain

this plant that does not eat in the sun

this plant that does not

catch brushstrokes of the seasons

although raw materials will be ripening as it grows

so is this then what develop meant


this plant that is not

a free and open source

no nourish flourish lively lush

just fizzy dizzy busy buzz

of worker drones

striving in dependence of this growth

expansionextensionextensionexpansion

expansionextensionextensionexpansion

playing on repeat

like songs

mighty mighty songs

of revolution

with a dreamy melody

sung from lips not from heart

by growth wishers shedding skin

for eeky strangers within

haplessly knocking shins

in a graceless jig

going

villainvictimvillainvictim

villainvictimvillainvictim

in this graceless jig

the day is done


meticulous the gardener

declares with no reservation

after an industrious time

a’counting ripe materials

and of kukosha

who can say

earth is earth

nature is nature

a plant is a plant

hmmm

a human being is something else

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