"Dremann's WEED HAIKU"
an art piece, plus other Environmentally-based Haiku.

Copyright by Craig and Sue Dremann © 2007, 2008, 2014 all right reserved, including posting on the web.
Box 361, Redwood City, CA 94064 (650) 325-7333

Link to Environmental Awareness Paintings

Picture of the land, before the weeds in California, and after, with solid European foxtails in the after picture:

california poppies foxtails

Dremann's Weed-Haikus are from a California perspective, where all the plant understory in the lower elevations, below 3,000 feet (1,000 meters elevation), has been 99% replaced by over 1,000 species of exotic plants, mostly introduced since 1769 from Europe, occupying tens of millions of acres that were originally the home of 5,000 California native plant species.

The discovery at the 74 acre Shaw property in Santa Cruz County in the June 2002 ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION cover article, of over 100 species of dormant native seeds in the California soils, still alive underneath the exotic cover, could help change our perspectives on weed management.

Dremann's Weed Haikus are proposing that perhaps we can TRANSCEND EXOTICS, and have as the ultimate goal of our work, the ecological restoration of the original California native understories.

The Dremanns are also suggesting that the native vegetation in California is a keystone to the bringing of the annual winter rainfall. Similar to the effects of a tiny sliver of native vegetation that brings the only significant rainfall on the Arabian peninsula, in the mountains above the town of Salalah in the Sultanate of Oman.

Anything that diminishes the California native vegetation, like 5.5 million grazing cattle, or the 1.8 million milk cows, or the 600,000 sheep, stripping off the perennial native understory and helping to spread the annual weeds, increases the desertification of the State.

Annual weed management, and the preservation and restoration of the California perennial native understory could become a critical effort, to insure future annual rainfall, like the effects of the native vegetation and rainfall association studied in Salalah, Oman, on the Arabian peninsula and the cloud formation studies over native vegetation in Australia.

If there is found to be a direct connection between the weed cover and lack of the California native perennial understory, and the quickly diminishing rainfall that the 38 million State residents depend on--then weed management and restoration of the original native understory may finally get some serious attention.

See "Pilot Study on Biosphere - Atmosphere Interaction in Dhofar" [Oman] on the web by Prof. Elfatih Eltahir at MIT http://web.mit.edu/eltahir/www/dhofar/content/ and

Nair, Udaysankar S. et al. 2007. Observational estimates of radiative forcing due to land use change in southwest Australia. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, VOL. 112 D09117, doi:10.1029/2006JD007505, 2007 and http://www.ecoseeds.com/Saudi.html

And Elagib, A. A. R. (2000) Can Science and Technology Help to Initiate Natural Regreening of the Arabian Peninsula? in Desertification in the Third Millennium, Abdulrahman S. Alsharhan et al, editors in the Proceedings of an International Conference, Dubai, 12-15 2000, pages 399-405.

Also, www.ecoseeds.com/cool.html for using the native plants to cool the planet.

Thanks to Dr. Cheryl M. McCormick, for suggesting this art project.



The Dremann's Weed Haiku,
Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2014 by Craig Dremann

Haiku No. 1
Avena, Schimus
names that should not be common
in California.

Haiku No. 2
Stipa, Elymus
names that everyone should know
in California.

Haiku No. 3
3.2 million
Starthistle plants per acre?
Need to replace them!

Haiku No. 4
Indian paint brush
should see bright red in summer
everywhere in Cal.

Haiku No. 5
The golden poppies
should see bright orange in the spring
everywhere in Cal.

Haiku No. 6
The purple lupines
should see fields of blue in spring,
everywhere in Cal.

Haiku No. 7
Waving bunchgrasses,
should see bending in the wind,
everywhere in Cal.

Haiku No. 8
Wildflowers slumber,
their seeds beneath the weeds
Wake!...and grow again.

Haiku No. 9
Transcend exotics,
a brand new experience,
restore the natives.

Haiku No. 10
1,000+ weeds,
[species in California]
instead need to focus on,
5,000 natives.

Haiku No. 11
Strip off the natives
replace them with exotics
brown, dry, desert, dry.

Haiku No. 12
See Dick and Jane mow,
even Spot hates the bad weeds.
Sow, native seeds, sow.

Haiku No. 13
Scrap the old weed plan,
sowing native seeds instead,
of just pulling weeds.

Haiku No. 14
Dick and Jane hate weeds.
Mow and then sow wildflowers!
Lupines and poppies.

Haiku No. 15
Exotics brand land.
Instead, experience wild,
bunchgrass, wildflowers.

Haiku No. 16
Summertime dry hills
historically wildflowers,
sow, to bloom anew.

Haiku No. 17
Weeds degrade planet,
ecosystem functions cease,
help kick-start the wild.

Haiku No. 18
Devotion to wild,
special place in our heart,
love the wildflowers,

Haiku No. 19
Mow, mow, mow and mow.
Sow bunchgrasses, wildflowers
grow green, grow again.

Haiku No. 20
Create something new,
discover ancient soil seeds,
wildflowers slumber.

Haiku No. 21
Dry, dry, droughty dry,
green bunchgrass used to cover,
helped keep the soil moist.

Haiku No. 22
Weeds love to follow,
grow where we walk and live,
where are the natives?

Haiku No. 23
Weeds came from Europe,
[to California]
following all our foot steps,
invading new lands.

Haiku No. 24
New world native plants,
Get chewed, cut, plowed, burned and hacked,
weeds, weeds to follow.

Haiku No. 25
Solid wildflowers,
California springtime,
before all the weeds.

Haiku No. 26
Where are the flowers?
Got chewed, cut, plowed, burned & hacked,
replant the natives.

Haiku No. 27
Weeds make herbicides,
killing the local natives,
wildflowers need help!

Haiku No. 28
Weeds make herbicides,
is called allelopathy,
kills the wildflowers.

Haiku No. 29
Native bunchgrasses
lupines, poppies, goldenrod,
instead of the weeds.

Haiku No. 30
The pineapple weed,
tarweed and farewell to spring,
tough--can survive weeds.

Haiku No. 31
The pineapple weed,
tough native, can survive all
the abuse we give.

Haiku No. 32
State's ecosystems,
200 year hurricane,
ripped out by the roots.

Haiku No. 33
We apologize,
when we cut the weeds,
they love this land too.

Haiku No. 34
Sacred native plants
are gone when we ignore them,
weeds to horizon.

Haiku No. 35
Weeds to the horizon,
foxtail, ripgut and wild oats,
need to sow natives.

Haiku No. 36
The invasive trees,
acacia, eucalyptus,
chop, chop, chop and chop.

Haiku No. 37
Garden of Eden,
Lupines, poppies, bunchgrasses,
weeds can wipe them out.

Haiku No. 38
The annual weeds,
in the place of native plants,
creates new deserts.

Haiku No. 39
Too many damned weeds,
interfere with life support,
killing the biomes.

Haiku No. 40
Weeds can interfere,
with life and ecosystems,
less weeds is better.

Haiku No. 41
Golden summer hills,
invasive weeds from Europe,
miss, green bunchgrasses.

Haiku No. 42
Call out all their names,
wild oats, ripgut, star thistle,
Europe relatives.

Haiku No. 43
Foxtails in my socks,
star thistle scratches my legs,
long for wildflowers.

Haiku No. 44
USDA brings,
Harding grass, kudzu, and more,
stop spreading more weeds!

Haiku No. 45
Weeds to horizon,
wildflower seed underground?
Dig and we shall see.

Haiku No. 46
Former green hills,
thousand wildflower species,
possibilities.

Haiku No. 47
Call out all their names,
"lupines, poppies, bunchgrasses",
gone, dead under weeds.

Haiku No. 48
Call: "Ollie, Ollie,
oxen free" and see if the
wildflowers are there.

Haiku No. 49
Gentle sloping hills,
underneath lovely oak trees,
solid freaking weeds!

Haiku No. 50
Bear on the Cal. flag,
frolics on bunchgrasses,
bear gone, grasses close.

Haiku No. 51
Ancient oak on hill,
alone---seedlings, young trees killed,
from the weed grasses.

Haiku No. 52
Brown Cal. winter hills,
should be green with bunchgrasses,
poppies, lupines, too.

Haiku No. 53
Two mountain ranges,
vegetation brings the rain,
keeps deserts away.

Haiku No. 54
Sierra, Coast range,
trees and shrubs bring the rainfall,
keeps deserts away.

Haiku No. 55
Sierra, Coast range,
bring rainfall, next rainfall is
1500 miles.
[to the East]

Haiku No. 56
The understory,
[part 1 of the original native understory]
What percentage left in Cal.?
One percent or two?

Haiku No. 57
The understory,
[part 2]
What percentage in Cal., weeds?
Ninety nine or more?

Haiku No. 58
The understory
[part 3]
what percent native, 2? 10?
Need 99+

Haiku No. 59
Eat the native plants,
"chomp" goes the horned Land-ticks,
and woolly ones, too.

Haiku No. 60
The horned land ticks
taste real good as hamburgers,
but real bad to land.

Haiku No. 61
5.5 million
Horned Land-ticks roam the State,
eating plants to dust.

Haiku No. 62
Landsat sees the West,
getting eaten by Land-ticks
eating plants to dust.

Haiku No. 63
1.8 million
Land ticks with udders in Cal.
eating plants to dust.

Haiku No. 64
600 thousand
woolly Land-ticks, eat the State,
Muir called "Hooved locusts"

Haiku No. 65
Biomass Land-ticks
exceeds human biomass
in California.

Haiku No. 66
Mouth parts of Land-Ticks
are always firmly attached
to the local plants.

Haiku No. 67
Oak trees on the hill,
what's that brown stuff in between?
exotic weeds, yuk!

Haiku No. 68
Smoke, fires in hills?
fires in desert, burning?
those damned exotics!

Haiku No. 69
Our friends from Europe,
that we evolved with, follow us,
the exotic weeds.

Haiku No. 70
Say a little prayer,
when you pull out a big weed,
they love this land, too.

Haiku No. 71
Dry Cal. winter drought,
Exotic weeds stole the rain,
dry, dry, brown desert.

Haiku No. 72
Where are the natives?
Lupine, poppies, bunchgrasses?
ask the invasives.

Haiku No. 73
Cal. fires burn bright,
what's all that brown stuff in hills?
weeds from Europe burn.

Haiku No. 74
Cal. like Salalah
[Oman]
thin line of native shrubs, trees,
keeps desert away.

Haiku No. 75
6K years ago
Arabia green and lush
Cows ate it away.

Haiku No. 76
Weeds love road edges,
natives gone---helps star thistle,
fountain grass to thrive.

Haiku No. 77
Talk, talk about weeds,
One third of Cal. is thick weeds,
promise of action?

Haiku No. 78
Watch ornamentals,
fountain grass and pampas grass,
cover hills and dales.

Haiku No. 79
Weeds like to play chess,
twelve species work as a team,
checkmate with natives.

Haiku No. 80
Harding grass is queen,
the pawns include star thistle
play game of weed chess.

Haiku No. 81
Bunchgrasses are rooks,
the wildflower are the pawns,
checkmating the weeds.

Haiku No. 82
Rock, scissors, paper,
plants play games with each other,
trees, shrubs and grasses.

Haiku No. 83
Bunchgrasses are rooks,
the wildflowers are the pawns,
checkmating the weeds.

Haiku No. 84
Choose sides in weed-chess.
will the weeds win by default?
or we help checkmate?

Haiku No. 85
Whole ecosystems,
species work in harmony,
until weeds invade.

Haiku No. 86
Weak ecosystem,
key species gone or grazed out,
weed-cancer can start.

Haiku No. 87
Weed-cancers invade,
unhealthy ecosystems?
land-doctors must help!

Haiku No. 88
First plant is a "ten",
like poker, next plant a "two",
must find, who beats who?

Haiku No. 89
Starthistle evil?
No, a lonely default weed,
lives where natives gone.

Haiku No. 90
No rain, wildfires,
Alien weeds desiccates,
turns the green to brown.

Haiku No. 91
The State before weeds,
green, blooming all year around,
now dry, brown summers.

Haiku No. 92
Saharan mustard,
taking over the desert,
lives where natives gone.

Haiku No. 93
Foxtails love our homes,
loves to follow our footsteps,
mow and they still grow.

Haiku No. 94
Starthistle and cows,
cow antibodies, for soil,
keeps bare soil covered.

Haiku No. 95
The native tarweeds,
slow down fires with green stems,
protects the grasslands.

Haiku No. 96
Wild oats, ripgut grass,
are five times the biomass
of the bunchgrasses.

Haiku No. 97
Wild oats, ripgut grass,
burn five times hotter than the
native bunchgrasses.

Haiku No. 98
Saharan mustard,
and starthistle, spread five fold,
when there's no natives.

Haiku No. 99
Pull, spray, cut, burn, mow,
keep doing it forever,
need to plant natives.

Haiku No. 100
Pull, spray, cut, burn, mow,
keep doing it forever,
plant natives, instead.

Haiku No. 101
Miles of air above,
oceans deep--but only few feet,
weed-free soil, our life.

Haiku No. 102
Mow, burn, pull, cut, graze,
star thistle loves attention,
helps it grow better.

Haiku No. 103
Ecosystem-math,
all native plants in balance,
weeds break all the rules.

Haiku No. 104
Local native plants,
are the antibiotics,
you use against weeds.

Haiku No. 105
Weeds are "land cancer",
the land-doctors need to plant,
back the natives.

Haiku No. 106
Public agencies,
try to fight weeds cheap, but need,
thousandfold increase.

Haiku No. 107
Public agencies,
control 10% a year,
or weeds take over.

Haiku No. 108
Public agencies,
lack of weed money, can cause
ecosystem death.

Haiku No. 110
Need Gucci designed,
celeb restoration clothes,
give status to work.

Haiku No. 111
Everywhere weeds grow,
wild oats, Harding grass, thistles,
the wildflowers die.

Haiku No. 112
Everywhere weeds grow,
they are the tombstones, to mark,
where wildflowers died.

Haiku No. 113
Forget the weevils,
they can't eat the star thistle
faster than it spreads.

Haiku No. 114
Need Native peoples
to help us deal with the weeds,
and bring back natives.

Haiku No. 115
Need Native peoples,
to conduct ceremonies,
to help the natives.

Haiku No. 116
Need Native peoples,
to help teach us the right way,
to help the natives.

Haiku No. 117
On Shaw's property,
[near Santa Cruz]
one hundred native plants,
winning over the weeds.

Haiku No. 118
Cal.
[Indian] peoples might say,
"Hey, clean up the weeds that came
from the lands afar!"

Haiku No. 119
Cal.
[Indian] peoples might say,
"When are you going to clean
the weeds from Europe?"

Haiku No. 120
Cal.
[Indian] peoples might say,
"How come my lands, look like the
weed fields of Europe?"

Haiku No. 121
[California Indian peoples might say:]
"Who the heck let loose,
these European weeds and
Australian trees, here?"

Haiku No. 122
[California Indian peoples might say:]
"Beautiful natives,
when will all the newcomers,
bring the beauty back?"

Haiku No. 123
[California Indian peoples might say:]
"Please, what happened here?
...My beautiful land, is now,
one giant weed patch.

Haiku No. 124
[California Indian peoples might say:]
"Someone loves the weeds,
because they brought 1,000
from Europe to Cal."

Haiku No. 125
[California Indian peoples might say:]
"Someone loves the weeds,
because each day they kill my
beautiful natives."

Haiku No. 126
[California Indian peoples might say:]
"Spikes on Sutter's Fort,
first exotic invaders,
---looks like star thistle."

Haiku No. 127
Look for the lost ones,
native grasses and mule's ears,
put them back in place.

Haiku No. 128
Secret plants still live,
shy bunchgrasses and tarweeds,
make them feel welcome.

Haiku No. 129
Bunchgrasses quiet,
living unnoticed, alone,
give a homecoming.

Haiku No. 130
Nobody has gone,
to see the tarweeds in a
hundred years or more.

Haiku No. 131
The lonely tarweeds,
waiting for us to notice,
so we will protect.

Haiku No. 132
Indian paint brush,
bunchgrasses, gumplants, mules ears,
words we should all know.

Haiku No. 133
Look close at the state
underneath the trees and fields,
where are the natives?

Haiku No. 134
The little gumplants,
used to be key, waiting for
us to see value.

Haiku No. 135
We, weed magicians,
raise native plants from the dead,
"Come alive again!"

Haiku No. 136
We, weed magicians,
make all the weeds disappear,
revealing natives.

Haiku No. 137
Weeds are like disease,
we need to become the strong,
weed antibodies.

Haiku No. 138
[California Indian peoples might say:]
"The 1,000 weeds---
almost killed all native plants,
---bring them back to life."

Haiku No. 139
Spatial extinction,
takes place when a weed grows where,
a native used to.

Haiku No. 140
Turn the brown weeds back,
to the gold, purple, yellow,
lovely wildflowers.

Haiku No. 141
Bring back wildflowers,
after 90 years absence,
Celebration time!


Environmentally-based Haiku. Copyright 2014 by Craig Dremann

Haiku No. 142
Deserts regreening,
Sahara, Arabia,
replant the natives.

Haiku No. 143
Deserts regreening,
replant with local natives
and cool the planet.

Haiku No. 144
Carbon tax for all,
use to replant the natives,
and cool the planet.

Haiku No. 145
Anthropocene Age,
means humans must tread softly,
so others can live.

Haiku No. 146
Be a healthy cell,
repair biome damages,
to help the future.

Haiku No. 147
Dive into the deep,
of your surroundings near you,
and find your true name.

Haiku No. 148
Star Trek: "Survival,
Existence must cancel out
programming," said Ruk.
(Season One 1966 episode "What are Little Girls made of?")

Haiku No. 149
Seven Billion plus,
will take sides, environment
awareness or not.

Haiku No. 150
What is your true name?
Something to do with you and
nature and your life?

Haiku No. 151
Lame Deer a wise man,
finds his true name in his book,
a name to live by.

Haiku No. 152
Seven Billion plus,
aware of environment?
Or face extinction?

Haiku No. 152
Seven Billion plus,
Those aware, must help those who
are not yet aware.

Haiku No. 153
Each weed plant that grows,
robs a spot where native grew,
spatial extinction.

Haiku No. 154
Pirate weed plants take
over the Earth Ship biomes,
ecosystems cease.

Haiku No. 155
Seven Billion plus,
must listen to nature instead,
buzzing of hive.

Haiku No. 156
Nature has ideas,
to fix CO2 problems,
plant desert natives.

Haiku No. 157
Cow farts, CO2,
better to put the carbon
back in ground with plants.

Haiku No. 158
An apple a day,
from the Tree of Knowledge keeps,
ignorance away.

Haiku No. 159
Every rooftop,
around the world with solar,
helps cool the planet.

Haiku No. 160
Every slice of bread,
never waste it, a prairie
died to produce it.

Haiku No. 161
Dinosaurs burning,
in the gas tanks of the cars,
exhaust=dino farts.

Haiku No. 162
Every daily help
you give nature to survive
--nature is grateful.

Haiku No. 162
Carl Jung's vision,
when he visited Taos,
deep meaning for us.
(Visit with Chief Mountain Lake in Jung's autobiography "Memories, Dreams, Reflections")

Haiku No. 163
Seven Billion plus,
can the sound of our own hive
drowned out all nature?

Haiku No. 164
Humans share the wealth,
in exchange for what we take,
to keep our hive alive.

Haiku No. 165
Plants may talk to you.
Listen because they and ants
are rulers of world.

Haiku No. 166
Algae and seed plants,
created this world for us,
CO2 could end.

Haiku No. 167
When cows rob the soils,
soil too poor, only growing weeds,
where natives once grew.

Haiku No. 168
Anthropocene Age,
the dividing line between
those aware and not.

Haiku No. 169
Endangered Species
are trying to tell us that
we must tread lightly.

Haiku No. 170
Haiku and artwork
expresses our awareness
of nature's teachings.

Haiku No. 171
The human hive speaks,
tells you everything OK.
Listen to nature.

Haiku No. 172
Ideas in capsules,
truths about natural world,
helps keep us healthy.

Haiku No. 173
Good or bad beliefs,
can be measured by damage,
to natural world.

Haiku No. 174
As a healthy cell
help produce more abundance
in your surroundings.

Haiku No. 175
Sacred lands,
as nature's refugia,
place to hide and thrive.

Haiku No. 176
Ecological
restoration of deserts
will help cool planet.

Haiku No. 177
Some gold, coal, and oil,
must be kept in the ground,
to show not insane.

Haiku No. 178
What part of nature,
is sacred, so that you would
not sell it for cash?

Haiku No. 179
Global warming source?
Sun beats on barren deserts.
Cool by replanting.

Haiku No. 180
Pakistan Dust Cloud,
stops the monsoon each summer,
causing droughts or floods.

Haiku No. 181
Pakistan Dust Cloud,
most powerful climate gate,
eats cyclones for lunch.

Haiku No. 182
Fossil fuels and nucs,
Big business keeps us going.
Need local solar.

Haiku No. 183
Thriving native grass?
Check for young seedlings on site,
are the young ones there?

Haiku No. 184
Dreams of nature's health,
what world do we want to live?
Beauty around us?

Haiku No. 185
World's understory,
our animals eat and chew,
until nothing left.

Haiku No. 186
Carbon tax must start,
to replant the native plants,
put carbon in soil.

Haiku No. 187
Arabian plants
can bring back rain and rivers
and make lands green again.

Haiku No. 188
Sweetgrass, cedar, sage,
and tobacco sacred plants to some.
What are your sacred?

Haiku No. 189
See world in new way,
strip out what you think you know,
listen to nature.

Haiku No. 190
Rip Van Winkle awakes,
asleep for 300 years,
says, "Where's the flowers?"

Haiku No. 191
Soil plant-phytoliths,
fossils to mark the new age:
the Anthropocene.

Haiku No. 192
We use our eyepieces,
to view the very small and
peer the infinite.

Haiku No. 193
Reverse the layers,
from weed fossils to natives,
in geology.

Haiku No. 194
Shell mounds, mima mounds,
grinding rocks are only signs,
Indians lived here.

Haiku No. 195
Nature awareness,
must be in a culture's art,
songs and religion.

Haiku No. 196
We feel if DOW up,
everything right with the world
--buy and sell planet.

Haiku No. 197
Every glass of milk,
never waste it, wildflowers
died to produce it.

Haiku No. 198
Domesticated
animals and humans weigh
more than all others.

(The total bimass weight of our domesticated animals plus the weight of all of the humans, weigh more than all of the other mammals on the planet).

Haiku No. 199
Cow, pig and chicken
world biomass weight equals
the human weight.

Haiku No. 200
Cows, pigs and chicken,
yummy snacks for the humans
to sink their teeth in.

Haiku No. 201
The carnivorous
humans, hope they never view
me like a snack?

Haiku No. 202
Thousand nuc. missiles,
aimed at each other, even
after end Cold War.

Haiku No. 203
Seven Billion plus,
why not put a sock on it
so we don't get ten?

Haiku No. 204
Seven Billion plus,
the number of passenger
pigeons in old times.

Haiku No. 205
Seven billion plus,
the number of wildflowers
in 90 acres.

Haiku No. 206
Seven billion plus,
the number of yeast cells in
a loaf of fresh bread.

Haiku No. 207
300 billion
stars in Milky Way shine for
13 billion years.

Haiku No. 208
Like Gandhi and King,
the right to live for all life,
on our small planet.

Haiku No. 209
Human buzzing hive,
power centralized instead,
of all at the local.

Haiku No. 210
Human buzzing hive,
one day empires are gone,
new countries begin.

Haiku No. 211
Human buzzing hive,
One Christmas day Gorby said,
goodbye empire.

Haiku No. 212
Human buzzing hive,
Arnold Toynbee's 21,
empires no more.

Haiku No. 213
Human buzzing hive,
fights healthy changes, disturbs
1% in charge.

Haiku No. 214
Human buzzing hive,
keeps the individuals
from living boldly.

Haiku No. 215
Human buzzing hive,
if we have best plan, why is
the world getting hot?

Haiku No. 216
Human buzzing hive,
conferences on CO2,
not cool, no action.

Haiku No. 217
Human buzzing hive,
why do we think we have the
best plan for planet?

Haiku No. 218
Human buzzing hive,
if we have best plan, why is
ozone layer torn?

Haiku No. 219
Human buzzing hive,
needs constant conflicts to keep
soldier class employed.

Haiku No. 220
Human buzzing hive,
creates land disputes to keep,
everyone at edge.

Haiku No. 221
Human buzzing hive,
how can 600 people
represent millions?

Haiku No. 222
The climate models
have forgotten to add dust,
directs rainfall, drought.

Haiku No. 223
Comfy in our hive,
TV blares to keep us from
thinking about life.

Haiku No. 224
The poem "Yes" by
Lawrence Ferlingetti said,
we should be dancing.

Haiku No. 225
Our society
is based on regular rain
without it, can end.

Haiku No. 226
The sixth sense, the "Told"
can overpower all that
other five tell us.

Haiku No. 227
Sabeans built dam,
mighty civilization,
dam broke, that was end.

Haiku No. 228
Syrian cities,
mighty civilizations,
rain stops, that was end.

Haiku No. 229
Ur one of first town,
goats eat shrubs--like two statues,
grass gone, that was end.


From http://www.ecoseeds.com/cool.html--There is a statue...one copy in the University of Philadelphia and the other in the British Museum: "Ram in the Thicket". Made in Ur, Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) 4,700 years ago, it shows a ram reaching high into a thicket to eat some leaves. This statue may be one of the only examples of human-induced environmental change incorporated into art.

"Ram in the Thicket" located at the University of Philadelphia, made in Ur, Mesopotamia 4,700 years ago, it shows a ram reaching high into a thicket to eat some leaves. (Photo from http://www.museum.upenn.edu/new/exhibits/galleries/ram/ramconservation5.shtml)

This statue shows an environment, where all the ground-level forage has been stripped off the land for many years, all the palatable shrubs are gone, only leaving thorn bushes, with even their lower branches have been stripped bare. Archeologists are not sure what the ram statues signify, but they suspect it was something religious. Perhaps it could have been an ancient prophesy: "When the ram reaches high to eat the leaves of the thorn bushes, your civilization will be destroyed"? The rams did eat the thorn bush leaves, and Ur was destroyed.


Haiku No. 230
Take away native
plants and peoples from a land,
your plan may not stick.

Haiku No. 231
Disease, famines, floods,
all feared but worst is stripping
native plant cover.

Haiku No. 232
Societies feed
us politics, sports to keep
our minds occupied.

Haiku No. 233
Societies teach
us to count money instead
of flowers on hills.

Haiku No. 234
Societies teach
us to buy status items
instead to help world.

Haiku No. 235
Societies feed
us politics, sports instead
of fixing the earth.

Haiku No. 236
Societies say
it is futile to try and
make positive changes.

Haiku No. 237
Societies feed
us politics to keep from
job fixing the earth.

Haiku No. 238
1% in charge
want you to believe that your
resistance futile.

Haiku No. 239
1% in charge
want you to believe, OK
for money to rule.

Haiku No. 240
Lame Deer warns in book
we should not have a price tag
on each blade of grass.

Haiku No. 241
Lame Deer warns in book
about world where everything
turned into frog skins.

Haiku No. 242
Modern nations have
powerful magic, turned the
world into frog skins.

Haiku No. 243
A good belly laugh
once a day gives energy
to fix the planet.

Haiku No. 244
Dot com, real estate,
all bubbles--Best investment
fixing the planet.

Haiku No. 245
Patriarchy ends,
after 5,000 year reign,
Mother Earth comes back.

Haiku No. 246
Man made asteroid,
changing planet's CO2
and ozone content.

Haiku No. 247
Money in the bank,
DOW and home prices, new highs.
What about the earth?

Haiku No. 248
Governments give us,
wars, militaries, conflicts.
When going to make peace?

Haiku No. 249
Governments support
destruction of the planet,
to boost GNP.

Haiku No. 250
Chop up the planet
to make lots of chachkalas
to sell on Ebay.

Note: Chachka is a Yiddish expression for small objects you buy to decorate the home that your bought from gift shops, and may originate from the Hindi chakkkas meaning "roost" or "perch"

Haiku No. 251
We do not realize
when we waste the earth because
not earth, now plastic.

Haiku No. 252
Commercials playing
to sell useless status things
made from chopped up earth.

Haiku No. 253
The "Living on Earth"
weekly radio program
tells planet stories.

Haiku No. 254
Corporations give
us coffee, oil and corn flakes,
we are hooked for life.

Haiku No. 255
Underworld give us
crank, coke, meth, mortgage-backed bonds
drawn like moths to flames.

Haiku No. 256
Most important book--
"Carbon Diaries '15"
--in this century.

Haiku No. 257
"Carbon Diaries"
(2015)
tells about a country on
a carbon diet.

Haiku No. 258
Passenger Pigeons,
Dodo birds were so yummy,
we ate them all up.

Haiku No. 259
Religions, land grabs,
politics must end as cause,
for conflicts on earth.

Haiku No. 260
Wildflowers were blue,
yellow, red, purple, and white,
hills now one shade brown.

Haiku No. 261
The Cold War era,
waste of trillions of dollars
when could have fixed the earth.

Haiku No. 262
Females of the earth,
teach males to negotiate
instead of killing.

Haiku No. 263
Females of earth,
help us decide if we want
to live in good health.

Haiku No. 264
Females of the earth,
add your female principle,
to heal the planet.

Haiku No. 265
No women in world
would drop nuc bombs on Japan
or killed at MeLi.

Haiku No. 266
Females of the earth,
must establish their equal
rights and leadership.

Haiku No. 267
Females of the earth
must stop giving their sons
and daughters for wars.

Haiku No. 268
Females of the earth
must temper testosterone
in control too long.

Haiku No. 269
Females of earth
it is your turn to control
life's trajectory.

Haiku No. 270
Keeping females down
allows the male take-over
to destroy the earth.

Haiku No. 271
Females of earth must
stop the males from turning earth
into a wasteland.

Haiku No. 272
Females of earth must
stop the males from making more
bullets and nuc. bombs.

Haiku No. 273
Born on a planet,
on a depauperate earth,
need fecundity.

Haiku No. 274
Need sanctuaries
where biodiversity
lives unmolested.

Haiku No. 275
To destroy the earth,
the females must be kept down
so males can destroy.

Haiku No. 276
Wildflower hills,
now only ghosts, their tombstones
are weeds from Europe.

Haiku No. 277
The howl of the wolf,
silent, Passenger pigeons,
no songs any more.

Haiku No. 278
Grizzly Bear on flag
[of California],
He says,"Why hang me up there?
Why not let me live?"

Haiku No. 279
Bunchgrasses on flag
[of California]
Say, "Why let cows eat us all?
State now weed-wasteland."

Haiku No. 280
Wildflowers on hills
only ghosts, now covered with
European weeds.

Haiku No. 281
We used to not care
how we abused the planet
now we have to care.

Haiku No. 282
Billions of cars, truck,
burning gas, why not convert
to electric cars?

Haiku No. 283
Secrets of Nature,
only want to know about
those that can make cash.

Haiku No. 284
The criminal banks
sold bogus bonds, will take us
decades to pay off.

Haiku No. 285
The criminal banks
we have kept them from failing
instead fixing the earth.

Haiku No. 286
Biggest robbery
in history, rogue bank's bonds,
no one goes to jail.

Haiku No. 287
Nuc weapons, Cold War,
wasted so many trillions,
could have helped fix earth.

Haiku No. 288
Napalm, Agent Orange,
destroying Asian forests,
instead of fix earth.

Haiku No. 289
The H-bombs, A-bombs,
we will never use, why build
instead of fix earth?

Haiku No. 290
US, China, and
Russia, why do they still have
bombs at the ready?

Haiku No. 291
Nuc bombs and power,
need to dismantle all these
so doe not harm life.

Haiku No. 292
Trillion per year to
make war against each other
better use, fix the earth.

Haiku No. 293
With a carbon tax
X-L pipe would not be built
that oil too costly.

Haiku No. 294
Unlimited H-bombs
found max. power for evil,
now must find max good.

Haiku No. 295
Millions killed, enslaved,
whole ecosystems destroyed--
change that bad pattern.

Haiku No. 296
Arabia had
rivers, grasslands, abundance,
could have again soon.

Haiku No. 297
60s Yardbirds sang
"Please don't destroy these lands, don't
make them desert sands."

Hairku No. 298
"Hair"'s "Walking in Space"
"How can they...end this beauty?
Our eyes are open..."

Haiku No. 299
California drought--
can 38 million people
run out of water?

Haiku No. 300
California drought
no water, but keep building
does not make much sense?

Haiku No. 301
California drought
every speck of grass gone
trees erupt in flames.

Haiku No. 302
California drought
burning bushes, trees in flames
what do bushes say?

Haiku No. 303
California sun
why not solar panels on
every roof in State?

Haiku No. 304
California use
solar panels, electric
cars to clean the air.

Haiku No. 305
LA, electric
cars, solar panels--could see
the lovely mountains.

Haiku No. 306
Every commercial
building and home needs
a solar panel.

Haiku No. 307
LA river bed
cement slab from hills to sea
big wide sewer ditch.

Haiku No. 308
Billions of chickens
replaced passenger pigeons
as most numerous
[bird on planet].

Haiku No. 309
Milk, ice cream, butter
beef adds methane gas, 20
times worse CO2

Haiku No. 310
25 million---
So. Cal. runs out of water
abandon cities?

Haiku No. 311
Abandon cities---
when the water pressure drops
below 15 pounds?

Haiku No. 312
Cities are living
cells, must be fed food, water
every day or dies.

Haiku No. 313
Like a big sweet orange
we squeeze the earth for every
dollar we can get.

Haiku No. 314
As a species, we
are addicted to status
which may undo us.

Haiku No. 315
Each species wants to
survive, but don't see humans
making those plans yet.

Haiku No. 316
Movie "Fail Safe" still
important today, when bombs
still aimed at each other.

Haiku No. 317
Millions feral cats
cat ladies feed them, dump them--
Instead, all need homes.

Haiku No. 318
Species survival
depends on limiting things
like nucs, that can end all.

Haiku No. 319
So easy for man
to bulldoze other species
to build our hive there.

Haiku No. 320
Xerces blue is gone
monarch to follow if we
don't give habitat.

Haiku No. 321
San Francisco to
San Diego, see the gold
hills, solid weed patch.

Haiku No. 322
San Francisco to
San Diego, see the gold
hills, just fool's gold, weeds.

Haiku No. 323
Beverly Hills palms--
Flags of the invaders stuck
in the hearts of natives.

Haiku No. 324
Eucalyptus hills--
Flags of the invaders stuck
in the hearts of natives.

Haiku No. 325
Iceplant along roads--
Flags of the invaders stuck
in the hearts of natives.

Haiku No. 326
Wild oats and ripgut--
Flags of the invaders stuck
in the hearts of natives.

Haiku No. 327
Mansions on the hills
Greek columns, turf grasses, old
Europe in new land.

Haiku No. 328
California drought
the cows strip off Ma's clothing
down to naked soil.

Haiku No. 329
Xerces blue did not
want to go extinct but we
forgot to save it.

Haiku No. 330
End of the World is
concern for some, but happened
for all trilobites.

Haiku No. 331
End of the World is
concern for some, but happened
for extinct creatures.

Haiku No. 332
Why should we accept
a depauperate earth, for
the greed of a few?

Haiku No. 333
The aliens have
landed in Cal., they brought cows,
wild oats, land titles.

Haiku No. 334
The aliens have
landed in Cal., they brought wheat,
rice, pork and small pox.

Haiku No. 335
The aliens have
landed in Cal., they brought kings,
soldiers, genocide.

Haiku No. 336
Certain groups humans
invade other people's lands
can't stay home with wives?

Haiku No. 337
Salinas River
dry at mouth, fish have hard time
compete with lettuce.

Haiku No. 338
Heterotheca,
tough survivor of eco-
disaster in Cal.

Haiku No. 339
Pretty oaks on hills
wonder if anyone sees
no young ones around.

Haiku No. 340
Napa grapes, mansions,
wineries. Where are the shacks
for all the workers?

Haiku No. 341
Each species on earth
has a home, except for some
Homo sapiens.

Haiku No. 342
Rangeland cattle mine
soil N-P-K and OM
[organic matter]
rob it in meat, bones.

Haiku No. 343
Earth's only source P
[Phosphorus]
animal bones and fossil
bones, must have for ag.

Haiku No. 344
Fossil fuels for N
[Nitrogen]
fossil bones for P [Phosphorus]
future short supply?

Haiku No. 345
We have tried war on
earth for 5,000 years, why
not give peace a chance?

Haiku No. 346
Why should 1%
of the people hog fifty
percent of the resources?

Haiku No. 347
Religions need to
include environmental
ethics to protect earth.

Haiku No. 348
"Wars, battles, soldiers"--
words and actions that must be
stricken from the earth.

Haiku No. 349
Mansions on the hills
Greek columns, turf grass--where are
wildflowers, bunchgrass?

Haiku No. 350
Carbon dioxide
400 parts per million
number must go down.

Haiku No. 351
Criminal to have
industries without zero
net carbon input.

Haiku No. 352
Everything local
is wave of future, food and
power from solar.

Haiku No. 353
Don't you remember
good ol' civilization--
miss it when it goes?

Haiku No. 354
Nuclear power
and bombs, most dangerous things
must dismantle all.

Haiku No. 355
Must use nitrogen
in air for fertilizer
using fossil fuels.

Haiku No. 356
Food calories are
subsidized with fossil fuels,
a huge imbalance.

Haiku No. 357
People in many
lands made 5,000 year old
plan--earth's destruction.

Haiku No. 358
5,000 years of
conflicts on a small planet
why not wage some peace?

Haiku No. 359
Supernatural
is basis for religions,
what about nature?

Haiku No. 360
Hundreds of million
alarm clocks go off and start
the hive's new work day.

Haiku No. 361
Don't listen to those
scientists about warming--
might hurt our profits.

Haiku No. 362
Forget the DOW chart
and the GDP, only
the CO2 counts.

Haiku No. 363
Tarweed's lemon scent
gumplant's yellow, lupine's blue
flowers from times past.

Haiku No. 364
Pesticides, H-bombs
antibiotics on a
modern, massive scale.

Haiku No. 365
Earth from outer space,
you can't see countries, races, or
those things that divide.

Haiku No. 366
Earth from outer space,
a peaceful place surrounded
by infinite space.

Haiku No. 367
Earth from outer space
warm, moist home surrounded by
cold vacuum of space.

Haiku No. 368
Credit Score is known.
What is your carbon foot-
print score currently?

Haiku No. 369
Status and awards
should be given for lowest
carbon use per year.

Haiku No. 370
Instead of Fortune
500, should be lowest
carbon use per year.

Haiku No. 371
The real D-day will
start the day we go on a
CO2 diet.

Haiku No. 372
250
million pounds nuc waste
no place to put it.

Haiku No. 373
Staph aureus, when
we can't kill it, who do you
call? MRSA-busters.

Haiku No. 374
Everything looks good
keep building, stock market up,
so is CO2.

Haiku No. 375
5.5 trillion
[dollars spent so far]
for 125 thousand
live a-bombs.

Haiku No. 376
Should the Indians
accepot genocide and the
theft of their great lands?

Haiku No. 377
When we begin to
Bury our excess carbon
tucked away for years.

Haiku No. 378
Asian rice fields carved
on hillsides, sign no more flat
land to grow your crops?

Haiku No. 379
World's muddy rivers
should be clear, so can see rocks
--fix ag. fields run-off.

Haiku No. 380
Pepper leaves wrinkle
when fields out of calcium
--add until leaves flat.

Haiku No. 381
Flash floods in dry lands
means watersheds lack enough
native plant cover.

Haiku No. 382
Droughts in arid lands--
check to see if dust in air
is stopping the rain.

Haiku No. 383
Big long stretch limos
Ultimate staus symbol
should be electric.

Haiku No. 384
17 trillion
[dollars for US national debt]
when bubble explodes, dozens
new countries will form.

Haiku No. 385
American Dream?
What is the Canadian
or Mexican Dream?

Haiku No. 386
Busy like a bee
work for the corporations
make money for them.

Haiku No. 387
Wildflowers blooming, almost extinct, may hold the
cures for diseases.

Haiku No. 388
Wildflowers blooming
wonder why our cows eat them
spatial extinction.

Haiku No. 389
Wildflowers blooming
don't want to go spatially
extinct--hope we see
.[them]

Haiku No. 390
Wildflowers blooming
flowers and seeds support a
whole ecosystem.

Haiku No. 391
Sun rises each day
wakes up the leaf chlorophyll
that feeds whole planet.

Haiku No. 392
When you fly over--
canals bring water to cities
very thin life-line.
[for California]

Haiku No. 393
When you fly over--
alfalfa fields for cow food
10x human food.

Haiku No. 394
Fly over any
city and see flat roofs
that should have solar.

Haiku No. 395
Oak-la-home-ah, lands
we stole from the Indians--
broke our promises.

Haiku No. 396
We are so jaded--
expect when we turn on tap
clean water will flow.

Haiku No. 397
9,000 BC
two-twenty-five PPM
CO2, now more.

Haiku No. 398
Nine thousand years the
CO2 at 225
now 400 plus.

Haiku No. 399
Making peace on earth
unarmed and nonviolet
the farewell to arms.

Haiku No. 400
Fossil fuel burning
and aircraft have completely
changed earth's atmosphere.

Haiku No. 401
The smoke of billions
of fossil fuel fires make
high altitudes gray.

Haiku No. 402
Precise timing of
water, electric and gas
keeps the hive humming.

Haiku No. 403
Wealth of nations is
built on use of fossil fuels
instead of muscles.

Haiku No. 404
5.5 trillion
[dollars spent so far]
for a-bombs, biggest scam in
human history.

Haiku No. 405
Gore Vidal said--Poor
get capitalism, rich
get socialism.

Haiku No. 406
Wedded to our clocks
and our electronic gear
we forget real world.

Haiku No. 407
Ever expanding
human population
on a finite planet.

Haiku No. 408
Ever-rising stock
markets--only paper wealth
on a finite planet.

Haiku No. 409
Empire breaks up
peacefully, the USA turns into
many new countries.

Haiku No. 410
Perpetual war--
U.S. with "enemy of
the month" says Vidal.

Haiku No. 411
Economically
around and around we go,
nobody at the wheel.

Haiku No. 412
[Stanislav] Petrov '83
stopped a nuc. war--he ignored
glitchy computer.
[USSR, Sept. 26 and did not launch missles at USA]

Haiku No. 413
Pseudomonas on
plants, helps seed the clouds that rain
on all the plants.

Haiku No. 414
Standing armies need
frequent wars to keep cultures
on a hair trigger.

Haiku No. 415
Perennial fears
of other peoples makes you
spend trillions-defence.

Haiku No. 416
When we destroy whole
ecosystems for money
--what is to stop us?

Haiku No. 417
When we lose our
compassion for the wild, what
will ever save it?

Haiku No. 418
When every blade of
grass has a price tag on it,
why not cut it all?

Haiku No. 419
Money is the glue
that keeps cities together
and cashes out the earth.

Haiku No. 420
Future survival
of environment means that
we must be "all in".

Haiku No. 421
Turning point in world
we keep fighting each other
or fix the planet.

Haiku No. 422
Two choices, we fight
each other or unite to
fix the sick planet.

Haiku No. 423
We keep fighting each
other, or we unite and
fix the sick planet.

Haiku No. 424
Addiction to oil
strong--we will stop at nothing
to get the last drop.

Haiku No. 425
Ruins everywhere
Indus Valley, Mayans did
nor respect the earth.

Haiku No. 426
Ashoka's edicts
[264-232 BCE]
peaceful means to end conflicts
instead of a war.



Sue's Weed Haiku
- Copyright © 2007 by Sue Dremann

Sue's Haiku No. 1
Escaped exotics
on the run from Alcatraz
death sentence for earth.

Sue's Haiku No. 2
The land as bulls eye,
for cow flop laden with weeds,
smothering earth's life.

Sue's Haiku No. 3
Unpalatable,
neither fit for man nor beast,
cuisine of weeds.

Sue's Haiku No. 4
In bare feet I dance,
on the weedy windblown grave,
of alien plants.

Sue's Haiku No. 5
Allelopathy,
[from] weeds, sweeps like Mongol warriors,
across native steppes.

Sue's Haiku No. 6
Weeds crunch under foot,
unhappy conflagration,
a funeral pyre.

Sue's Haiku No. 7
Ode to Phalaris,
[Ode to Harding grass]
makes Hippies and sheep stagger,
from maddening drugs.

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Updated July 17, 2014