19 July 2006

Innocent Sprouts



Yesterday I must have pulled 40 seedlings from an
area no bigger than the size of a table napkin.
Cute little green round leaves on tiny, fragile
stems. They seem so innocent.

And aren't they? All they want from this world is
to soak in some sun and cool water - maybe feel
the tickle of bumblebee's kiss.

Is it immoral to weed? Since all life is sacred,
am I wrong to yank up these poor babies by their
roots and toss them into the dirt road?
Do they know they're dying? Do they feel
the sun's heat burning their pale naked roots?

Do I have the right to sacrifice their lives?

Do the sunflowers and sweetpeas worry that they're next?

15 comments:

Alina Chau said...

Love the composition, lovely and elegant!

tekentijger said...

The same thoughts I have when I weed !
I like the way the seedlings try to avoid the hand.

Rrramone said...

Kill them!! It's ok, they aren't that innocent. ;-)

Gabrielle said...

Alina said it well, this is elegant. I like the clear colours too.

I grew produce for restaurants for a number of years, a lot of my time was spent erradicating weeds - never spraying though, I still don't feel an ounce of guilt about yanking them out.

carla said...

This is so soft and fine loking...I love the green and the long fingers.

Janice said...

LoL you are funny. Nice illustration. I like the long purple fingers.

Ellen said...

OMG! There is someone out there who thinks like I do! I actually keep the pretty weeds...I've been known to remove plants in areas that are destined for developement! I was happy to discover there is a new kind of business catching on in our area called "Plant Retreivers." They retreive plants from areas where normally they would just yank and toss before redevelopement!
I am in awe of your art! You are an inspiration!

Janet said...

I love it! (although, I live on a farm and hoe many many weeds)

Tulipland said...

so lovely !

Kaya said...

I spent a summer or two weeding organic garlic, let me tell you, those things fight back! (I know what you mean though)

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

I've never heard my grass talk, but it's probably because my lawnmower is too loud! :)

Anonyghost said...

Boohooooo ...

Borut said...

Really enjoy the text and illustration. They make me think. Penny, http://superkittyjumpsoff.blogspot.com/, has an interesting psychological sequel to this one, entitled ‘pulling weeds, planting seeds’.

Oleg said...

You make fine captions to illostrations. Texture is good too.

A Sepia Colored Photo said...

i like your illustration a lot better.. its so much more clean looking and soft.. very very nice(^_^)thanks for the comment(^_^)