The Invasive Zinnias


As beautiful as they are,

As complex, charged with flowers spawning flowers,

Zinnias of the early spring seeded, and

True to the nature of creatures propagated their kind

In my little flower bed.


I did not want little baby zinnias there.

I did not want to have to kill their pitiful selves.

But September is here.

It is time to move on. 

The baby zinnias,

Unwanted must be killed.


So, without pity, I abruptly ended their little lives.

I am not happy doing this, and

I think of some Buddhist or Sufi principled sage

Is silently watching and condemning me.


--September 19, 2013