Friday, March 13, 2009

Knowing the Grass

"I had to live in the desert before I could understand the full value of grass in a green ditch."
--Ella Maillart

"Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence." -- Hal Borland

"Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself." --Zen proverb

When I told Paul I was going to write about the spiritual significance of grass the first word that came to his mind was "tenacity." You can mow grass, let the cows chew it down to the ground, freeze it, and (in many cases) let it go without watering and it will recover. It's also extremely abundant.

When I think of grass the first word that comes to my mind is "ubiquitous." Grass covers large portions of the earth and it grows almost everywhere -- not just in areas we call "grasslands" but also in forests, marshes and out here in the desert.

Some form of grass has been on this planet for at least 65 million years. Fossilized remains of some species have been dated back to the time of the dinosaurs. It is also the most versatile species on the planet and THE plant species humans (and all other creatures) depend on most. Members of the true grass family (Poacae) include all our important grain crops (Barley, Wheat, Millet, Oats, Rice, Rye and Maize/Corn), Sugarcane, Bamboo, Reeds, and all the grasses used for grazing cattle, making paper, building shelter or decorating yards.
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1 comment:

equivoque said...

Greetings by way of Etsy!