15 May – The lost library

Stitchwort, lungwort,
dog’s mercury and vetch.
Devil’s bit scabious
and Jack by the hedge.
Ivy-leaved toadflax
and cow parsley.
Sneezewort, shepherd’s purse,
snakes head fritillary.
Selfheal, bear leak
and purple loosestrife,
Ragged robin, herb robert,
night-scented catchfly.
A library of folk tales
with half the volumes checked out,
no way left to discover
what all the titles are about.
Wild flowers weave their antiquated
echoes of the past,
their stories lost to the wind
while their strange names last.
Hogwarts and Cackles
are now what come to mind,
endless ingredients
for Shakespeare’s witches to find.