Goldenrod has long been thought
To add to autumn’s miseries
Because its golden tresses shake
And scatter pollen in the breeze.
And yet its showy coloring
Belies its role in allergies.
Scattering is strategy
For flowers too drab to flaunt a tease.
So let it dance at harvest time,
It won’t create a single sneeze.
It keeps its pollen treasure close,
As a reward for courting bees.