Wishing for More Weeds

In the hottest part of the summer

August when our lawn turns brown

Unwatered and drier than sand

My mother pulls weeds

Working her way up one side

And down the other of the gravel driveway

Pulling each dandelion growing along the

Edge of the straw of our lawn and the stones

Inching along, taking every blade

Moving stones to reach the roots

Baking in the unwatered heat

Wishing for more weeds

I see her from the road

Bent over the current weed

Her back and arms browner each day

The seam of the driveway straight and hairless

In the back, my dad is mowing

A sound of enterprise

Our household at work

I join my mother at the edge

Pulling weeds, moving down the line

She says nothing, but repeats my work

Finding the strands left behind

Digging under the stones for the roots

Wishing for more weeds


This is a piece I wrote in 2003 for a writing class. It describes my mother and one of the ways she coped with her depression. I can see her now.

4 Comments on “Wishing for More Weeds

  1. Pingback: The Tiny Space I Can Control | Red's Wrap

  2. Jan, I used to get an email for each new post. What do I have to do to receive them again? I’ve missed so many, and used to get emailed comments as well?? Do I appear as a follower on your site?I like the new picture, and the look of your blog now!

    • Hi Susie, I don’t have an explanation but that did happen with someone else. Could you try signing up again? I wondered where you went and am now wondering if I got dropped from following you. I’m glad you like the new look. Jan.

  3. Reblogged this on Red's Wrap and commented:

    That it’s the last day of August reminds me of my mother being completely focused on pulling the weeds. It was what she needed to do but it took me years to understand why.

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