Urban Physic Garden



July 7th, 2011 · No Comments · Medicinal Plants Poetry Project

Notes Towards Nasturtiums

1. How to Eat the Rain

A rain-washed plate
of green-glazed, pale-veined Fabergé
holding its crystal drop,
a liquid pearl
you can swirl a little
on the emerald parasol,
then bite –
peppery leaf,
a burst of spice,
nose-twisting spurt
of dewy chlorophyll.
The flower, too, is edible.

2. Flower Philosophy

Everyone I ask about the ‘kappertjie’
speaks of its generosity,

Anneke tells of how the wild cascades
poured over the Hermanus cliffs,
down to the sea.

My mother’s kitchen opened onto flame,
the terraced brickwork dressed up
to the nines

in hippie finery: rich butter, saffron, gold
and several careless shades
of orange gorgeousness.

One could do worse than wish your heart
like this: easy-going, colourful,
cheerful and generous.
Isobel Dixon
(From Herbarium, a new poetry anthology. Launch and reading 22 July)

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