Eat, drink, (garden, knit, quilt, think, fix, read) & be merry


on May 4, 2011

If you’re a plant nerd, you might appreciate this.  It’s a poem I wrote for an assignment in a environmental physiology class after a lesson on stomata.

An Ode to the Constant Motion of Stomata

Opening and closing

is that all that you do?

Just the regulation of gasses

and water vapor, too?

On paper it doesn’t

seem so important a chore

just opening and closing and reopening

that door.

But we’d all be in trouble

if your operation flopped

if the doors just stayed open

as if they’d been propped.

Or if those guard cells

just snoozed, never bothering to

pay attention to the signals

that let the water run through.

Yes if those stomata just lazed

on sunny afternoons

the photosynthesizing would stop

and so would our food

and so would the flowers

and the grass on barefeet

we’d all be in trouble

and life wouldn’t be so sweet.


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