Wednesday, April 2, 2008

red umbrella plant [orange]

red umbrella plant [orange]

red umbrella plant [orange]

grows, usually, in the imagination.
colored a bright red-orange delight.
found amidst fantasies. nexto dim meanders.
light streams that flow in the dark.

if it were those wet years in the future the red umbrella plant (var. orange) wld be found beside the bridge on the tiny islands surrounding its stanchions.

the umbrella plants would observe the lush overgrowth & the decimated ruin of post-civilisational metropolis. crumbling decaying blocks & spires. tiny remnants. vast remnants. this mannahatta of no humanly untouched centimeter. retouched by destruction & encroaching nature. even if it be mostly previously alien nature. migration. the evolution of place. resolution of space. the forward motion of species of trees that creep well. ailanthus altissima or trees of heaven first brought to philly from china in the 17th century. great giant fast spreading weeds. fast burning & pulpy but not especially useful for structures of any durability. but it is easy to work with.

the red umbrella is known for its prominence amongst the greens of trees of heaven. the orange umbrella would make a great hairdo or hopping bug or cornbeef hash. the wood is hard and longlasting if not plentiful. any number of totems may be carved from it & potions derived from the shavings. the roots may be boiled into a richly flavorful tea. a disturbingly odd redgreen luminescent color. like beet tea if the beet were more wiggly. a soothing tea that makes you say things that wont make sense til later.

a little bird lives in there. it's blue more like a kestrel than a songbird. and it has tentacles atop its little noggin & enormous eyes. these squirds are after more than a worm. less it's one o those great big green umbrella worms. but they are exceedingly rare.

this bird o prey scoops things from the scurrying night streams of light in the form of motion in the dark. the little squird deftly returns to the red umbrella plant(orange) with captured prey. fish & bunnies & slow night birds & such. at night it's best not to be the brightest bunny in the field.

the squird rules the tiny night & roosts in the orange thorny bonnet of the red umbrella.

nothing really eats birds of prey. even if they have tentacles. it's dangerous to cut down a red umbrella plant because of the squirds. hope they're hunting or they dont live there.

harvesting the umbrella at the end of the season is acceptable. uprooting a dead red umbrella is permissable whereas the harvest of an entire red umbrella plant at once can only take place in an umbrella grove. a rare conglom of multiple plants growing together. where often the many of blue squirds can be found.

squirds are too smart and too viscious to kill. so humans have no choice but to befriend them as best they can by planting a squird plot nearby any cultivated red umbrella patch. which patch the squirds will choose is up to them.

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