Urban Physic Garden



July 14th, 2011 · No Comments · Medicinal Plants Poetry Project

(A vulnerary list)

1. Of my bullocks gets chesty he asks for that lungwort
(I open him up)
2. Mullein sharks in lemon and lampblack
(Their going out clothes)
3. Old moleys burrowing deeper
(I bandage their paws)
4. Chemists notes made out to the shepherd
5. Lady’s flannels for dabbing at blotches
(No wonder he hacked)
6. Humble bees for a tumerous throat
(And a pension strike)
7. Grey mullets, stinking and belly-up
(The piscicide hedgerows)
8. Flaming tapers for the funeral marches
(Antimagical drachms)
James Wilkes
(From Herbarium, a new poetry anthology. Launch and reading 22 July)

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