Vigilante Gardening

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Vigilante Gardening

Post by Varda » Thu May 30, 2013 1:25 pm

Joe surveyed the kudzu-covered water tower. An invader, that plant. It could take down power lines and uproot whole trees.

He grabbed the vines and climbed. It’d seemed innocent enough when introduced. No one anticipated its aggression. Bereft of natural competition, it choked out the local species, leaving ecological devastation in its wake. Native flora lived under siege, restricted to nature preserves by this newcomer.

What’s the best way to kill weeds? With herbicide, of course. Joe, last of his tribe, emptied the cyanide into the town water supply.

Kudzu, after all, wasn’t the only invader on these Cherokee shores.
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Post by chemistryguy » Thu May 30, 2013 7:16 pm

Everything but dumping the cyanide into the town water is just going on in Joe's head, right?

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Post by ROU Killing Time » Thu May 30, 2013 8:39 pm

Philip K.Dick talked about looking at the crab grass with suspicion as he worked in his yard. Wondering what it's true ulterior motives were.
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Post by Varda » Thu May 30, 2013 9:06 pm

chemistryguy wrote:Everything but dumping the cyanide into the town water is just going on in Joe's head, right?
Uh oh. Maybe this one was too regional. All that stuff about kudzu's absolutely true. It's a very aggressive and invasive plant species down here, and a huge headache for the people who have to maintain the power lines.
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Re: Vigilante Gardening

Post by strawman » Thu May 30, 2013 10:29 pm

Kudzu won't be regional much longer.

Pretty freaky drabble, with the white man as an invasive species. Of course that's always the way it appears from the perspective of the displaced.

But rather than deal in race guilt, why not victim envy? White men too will be displaced. Only one single galactic year ago dinosaurs dominated (that is, the 220 million years period of the sun's orbit of the galactic black hole) - by which measure the universe is 60 years old.

Clearly, (and not without irony), our carbon warming will result in a greenhouse in which kudzu will spread from pole to pole.

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Re: Vigilante Gardening

Post by mrsmica » Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:26 pm

Haha. I like a drabble with a surprise ending!

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Re: Vigilante Gardening

Post by Flintknapper » Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:32 pm

I had never heard of it before, but then I googled it... and by googled, I mean I stared at its very large breasts.... lol. Good drabble!

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