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What of a pertinacity of a pliability of a poverty of a plant…. *

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The plant in question is poverty weed, Baccharis neglecta, a shrub or slight tree that is not only pliable but pertinacious, springing up easily on desolate ground and quickly colonizing it. When I went to the prairie in northeast Austin on February 21st, I made poverty weed my priority, neglecting almost everything else yet finding no poverty of opportunities for photographs.


* If you’d like to see what the title of this post is parodying, you can click here.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 4, 2013 at 6:23 AM

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  1. I so love the second stanza of the poem – how absolutely perfect, especially “blow pity to envy and soul to mind”. The “slant” of the photo’s lovely, too. I had a sudden vision of this layed together with an image of our nation’s Capitol. The girls and boys there might oughta be careful, as my grandma would say, or they’re going to find this prairie plant colonizing their neighborhood. 😉


    March 4, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    • Other names for Baccharis neglecta in the 1930s were Depression weed, Roosevelt weed, and New Deal weed. I’m not aware that it was ever called debt weed, but that could be an updated slant on things.

      In any case, may our hearts be mountains, then, and our roots trees, as we cry hello to the spring.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2013 at 7:01 AM

  2. Fabuleux ces branchages pour faire des photos. Il plie mais ne rompt pas. Tu devrais mettre une photo sur Wikipedia, il n’y en a pas.
    Nous avons du soleil chez nous aussi dans le sud mais un peu frais encore. Demain ça se gâte!


    March 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    • Tu as raison: il plie mais ne rompt pas (en général). Si tu attends quelques minutes tu verras encore des branchages, mais cette fois-ci ensoleillés.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2013 at 1:02 PM

  3. Alliteration – one of my loves. This post title is right up there with “Helplessly Hoping” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash 🙂


    March 4, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    • Funny you should mention that alliterative song by the alliteratively named Stephen Stills: last night on PBS we watched a concert by Judy Collins at the Metropolitan Museum, and one of the songs she sang was “Helplessly Hoping.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2013 at 4:26 PM

  4. […] have highlighted the flowers and tufts and fluff that grace our central Texas autumns. Now, with the last picture and this one, both from the spring, you should be getting a feel for the gestalt* of poverty weed […]

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