Photo by Sarah Lim
Photo by Sarah Lim

By Kit Courter

Hesperoyucca whipplei,
Whipple Yucca,
long bending gray-green swords extending into hemispheres.

Native people made sewing kits
by breaking off the tipsthat come away clean with a length of fibrous thread.

The seeds were crushed into meal
and baked into cakes.
Roots made a lathering soap,
The sap an astringent for wounds.

The tall, dry stalks, bound together with twine,
became shelters against strong sun, occasional rain.

The mountain slopes along the trail below Mount Wilson
are host to their spiky, half-rounded forms

sprouting from decomposing stone
broken by earthquakes, every-winter frost.

They are a Home Depot, a Walmart,
to which, today, nobody goes.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s