Herbs of an Older Grace

I use herbs a lot, and I relish their names. There’s one that doesn’t appear in this poem but has a particularly lovely name: mignonette.It’s definitely an old-fashioned herb, my mother grew it but I’ve not seen it anywhere since in her garden …


I am a rack of dried herbs
oregano  thyme  sage

common mullein

a few years older than
basil   bay   marjoram
having gone through
years of dehydration

sere and crushed I wait
lavender  mullein  balm
crinkled and crisped
angelica   borage  dill
having uses beyond thought
senses more than six

reach for me daily
chervil   fennel  mint
savour and use my wonder
lovage   savory   parsley
know I never leave
you who hold me dear


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About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more...
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