Alpine Flower a Day: – Buchanan's Sedge – A month complete!
Alpine Flower a Day, Day 30, Buchanan's Sedge (Carex buchananii)
– a brown sedge grass with tan seed-head flowers
– included in our plantings down by the Heathcote river
You did this
dedicated to Mick, who creates sanctuaries
you saved a hundred lives today
in less than an hour. In a city sanctuary,
you took a hose
down the road to a river bank
and watered the ones who were
crying out. You hold their names
inside your cupped hands:
Carex, Buchananii, Korokia,
Melicytus, Mikimiki, Pohuehue ...
If they grew up naturally
a hundred miles away, high in a place
where your kind, Homo sapiens,
rarely passed, they would not be
frazzled, nor threatened.
Yet your kind, Homo sapiens, needs
Kirk, Ti Köuka,Tauhinu, Wī,
Sophora, Harakeke, all,
and all these refugees
for your own backyard,
to avoid the genocides of an
to take back your own
Sapience, to breath, you
saved a hundred lives today.
Thank you, everyone for following my Alpine Flower a Day for 30 days. I posted some of the joys of my ramblings and I hope it's helped you open your eyes to the variety and beauty of our native flowers because it sure has increased my love and knowledge of them – I have learned about anthers and columns and serrated leaves and totally new species! Kā mihi – Gail 🌿