Davy Crockett, Amish and Kudzu

 

Davy Crockett, Amish and Kudzu

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I began the day with my walk in the rain. So refreshing! 

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Then Jimmy and I traveled to Lawrenceburg, Tennessee to attend a funeral.

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Choose your ride.

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Kudzu is beautiful but deadly.

 

BETH ANN FENNELLY   The Kudzu Chronicles

.Common names include
Mile-a-minute-vine
foot-a-night-vine
cuss-you-vine
drop-it-and-run-vine.

Covering seven million acres,
and counting.
Like the noble peanut,
a legume, but unlike the noble peanut,
forced into guerrilla warfare—

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1945, U.S. government stops subsidizing Kudzu Clubs
1953, Government stops advocating the farming of kudzu
1960, Research shifts from propagation to eradication
1972, Congress declares a weed
1980, Research proves certain herbicides actually cause kudzu to grow faster
1997, Congress declares a noxious weed

Oh you can hoe it out of your garden, of course,
but, listen, isn’t that your phone?
Take heed, blithe surgeon,
resting your hoe
in the snake-headed leaves, and walking inside.
The leaves disengage their jaw bones—
cough once to choke the hoe halfway down,
cough twice, and it was never there.

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This next poem is too funny since we live in the area named the Bible belt.

I asked a neighbor, early on,
if there was a way
to get rid of it—
Well, he said,
over the kudzu fence,
I suppose
if you sprayed it
with whiskey
maybe
the Baptists would eat it
then, chuckling,
he turned
and walked back inside his house.

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