We are trying to find plants
that will grow here
in drought conditions—
without watering them
very much,
if at all.
We are looking for plants
that provide food
for animals,
bees and other pollinators,
humans.
Sunflowers grow here naturally,
prolifically,
thriving
in the second year of an “exceptional drought.”
Bees are gathering pollen from sunflowers,
and the sunflowers provide food for others too,
including wintering birds
which eat insects,
prolific in the drought.
Humans can eat
sunflower oil and seed,
and feast on their simple,
sublime,
beauty.
And sunflowers
contribute to healthy soil,
which grows healthy prairie grasses.
Sunflowers have been a constant
here,
all our lives.
I think it’s time we pay attention,
listen up,
ponder:
the sunflower.