It’s Tuesday Poetics at d’Verse Pub for Poets. Today’s host, Merril, would have us write a poem in any style that includes at least two titles from a list of podcast titles: Articles of Interest: American Ivy, I Was Never There, Legacy of Speed, Not Lost, Pivot, Reveal: After Ayotzinapa, Rumble Strip, Serial, This American Life, Ghost in the Burbs. Go to the Pub to find out more. Once there you can link in with your poem and read others.
Must be my background but my first reaction to the first title was horticultural; my interest in the article was because I thought (correctly) that ivy is an invasive import to our shores. Hmm…
Non-Indigenous: Hedera helix, by D. Avery
Articles of interest?
American ivy, read up on that,
wrap your head around hedera.
There is no Hedera americanus
just common ivy, English ivy,
brought, bought, washed up
An invasive the horticulturists say.
In this American life it is the ghost in the burbs
a serial creeper
outliving occupants of houses
outliving houses, destroying houses
propping up walls that crumble beneath its cover.
mature trees succumb to its steady onslaught
topple under the weight
of this evergreen vine from Europe.
In this American life it is out of control
hard to eradicate;
though it lacks kudzu’s legacy of speed
it creeps crawls and spirals
grows over ground, up over and around,
crowding out what was.
Still, native elders teach their grandchildren
how to plant their ancient seeds
tend their revered forests;
cultivate hope that all is not lost.