Found Poetry: An Herbal Remedy Imagined

After watching the state of things. 

Purple coneflower up close

Echinacea Purpurea *
Purple Rudbeckia.
Prefers rocky, disturbed soils–
(souls).
Used at length by Native Americans
for more ailments
than any other plant:
herbal smudge,
smoke,
the leaf or root.
Supporting,
depurative–
purifying for situations,
swellings.
Or distemper**–
an infectious disease,
a deranged condition
of mind
or body,
a feverish disturbance
of political nature
(though far from natural).
The purple coneflower,
an herbal remedy imagined.
Fresh,
dried,
tinctured,
encapsulated.
All the rage
closed down.


* Echinacea Purpurea on Mountain Rose Herbs
** Distemper, the definition.

Christi

About Christi

Christi Craig is a native Texan living in Wisconsin, working by day as a sign language interpreter and moonlighting as a writer, teacher, and editor. Her stories and essays have appeared online and in print, and she received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's Family Matters Contest, 2010. You can send comments or questions via her contact page.
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One Response to Found Poetry: An Herbal Remedy Imagined

  1. Beth Hoffman says:

    Love this!

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