Agave (Century Plant)

agave (century plant)Agave is grown down in Mexico,
in fields that are sandy and hot,
like in my front lawn, where the sun starts at dawn,
and never lets up, not a lot.

A once a year project is thinning the bed,
removing the century plant pup.
I start out with twelve, by the end of the year
sixty four more will develop.

The leaves have a prickly margin,
and a heavy spike, like a dart,
this isn’t a job for the thin of blood,
or for the feint of heart.

I steadied my nerves for this harrowing job,
with a large margarita, frozen.
I was scarred and bloody when found dead in the bed,
by a señorita who thought I was dozin’.