Grass is One Hundred Colors

For my blog post today, I wanted to share a poem I wrote about grass and lawns:

Grass is one hundred colors
(silvers and golds,
pinks and purples,
yellows and coppers,
greens and grays and blues).

It hides a million creatures
And smells of reverie,
Sways like a symphony,
And bends into beds for deer.

It contains unnameable sorrows
And uncountable joys.
And all around this earth
People turn these fertile dreams into lawns,
Monotonous and sterile,
Try to contain the mystery
Lest its exuberance
Make them wish for more.


Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education
Author of Most Good, Least Harm, Above All, Be Kind, and The Power and Promise of Humane Education
My TEDx talk: “The World Becomes What You Teach"

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