SAMPLE POEMS -- BOTANICA POETICA...
[Click here to see sample Poems from Materia
Poetica and from Medica Poetica]
On any lawn, you’re apt to find
A weed that grows called Dandelion
Its roots and leaves are known to cure
To heal the liver, make blood pure
And it is true that Taraxacum
Is also full of potassium
In case you need to diurese
It’s powerful and works with ease
It will not leave you all deplete
Of minerals, it is replete
So, should your liver start to ail
The flow of bile begin to fail
If you’ve a case of flatulence
A loss of appetite perchance?
The bitter herb from root and leaf
Will surely bring you some relief
Improve digestion, stimulate
Relieve congestion, eliminate
Kidneys, liver, stomach, spleen
This common weed does wonders keen
The bitter cool of root and herb
Will on your system work superb.
Are you taking Calculus?
Need your brain cells to excel?
Want to boost your memory
This might prolong your life as well
Here we have of Tropic lands
For rapid growth of skin and hair
Speed the healing of a wound
A salve to help your skin repair
Gotu Kola, it can heal
Relieving stress, anxiety
Improve ability to deal
Here’s a test that might impress
Feed this herb to your pet rat
He’ll start to talk and win at chess
Tell me now, can you beat that?
Rejuvenate and stay young
Help damaged skin to improve
It’s a tonic, helps fatigue
Put your life back in the groove!
If you go out to the Battlefield
As in the days of old
Put Yarrow in your knapsack
It’s worth weight in gold
Yarrow for your bleeding wound
A poultice for your knee
Or for a painless hemorrhage
You’ll want to drink the tea
For diaphoresis it’s the King
The stem, the leaf, the flower
Reduce your fever, sweat full fling
We’re talking Yarrow power!
An astringent disinfectant
A urinary healer
Hemostatic and protectant
It’s an aromiatic bitter
If you lose your appetite
Have spasmodic ailments
Or your tummy is uptight
If it’s good enough for Achilles
Of Greek Mythology
To stop his bleeding wounds
Why, it’s good enough for me!