The Fallen

HELEN MOORE

The Fallen

A growing number of wildflower species are on the edge of extinction – according to The Vascular Plant Red Data List 2005, nine native species have been lost within the British Isles.

Here lies Ghost Orchid;
once haunted Beechwoods –
rest in peace.

Here lies Small Bur-parsley;
legion pot-herb of wastelands –
rest in peace.

Here lies Alpine Bladder-fern;
crosiers lost from damp highland rocks –
rest in peace.

Here lies Cottonweed;
assieged from Britain’s beaches –
rest in peace.

Here lies Purple Spurge;
eternally procumbent –
rest in peace.

Here lies Marsh Fleawort;
ditched from fens, unrecorded –
rest in peace.

Here lies Downy Hemp-nettle;
the deceased passed unremarked from fields –
rest in peace.

Here lies Summer Lady’s-tresses;
style totally outmoded –
rest in peace.

Here lies Lamb’s Succory;
succumbed to high-yield wheat –
rest in peace.

And with each plant, its embedded companions,
the unknown biota lost to steady human pressure –
may your souls also rest in peace.

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Published in: on March 3, 2011 at 9:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

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