From the deep sea vents to the Sonoran
Sahara, Gobi or any desert,
there are plants growing where we could not live.
The botany of the Antarctica
reveals plants uniquely adapted
to our most inhospitable spaces
with red leaves, broad and flat and delicate,
or coarse greens with shallow portable roots,
durable and determined, yes, stubborn.
Algae, lichen, seaweed, kelp, with names like
Delesseria and Nitophyllum.
There are enough of them to write a book
even many books! So many secrets.
How many puzzles does this planet set
for which the answer lies in flux and flex?