Here is my answer to the question,

“As a drabarni, herbalist

How do you grow herbs?”


“Don’t quite know

Having been raised in concrete

My gift centers around the dead

Concocting salves, tizanas and extracts

Lacking knowledge of

The care and feeding of live plants

Growing in fields and gardens


An argument can be made


That herbs

Even when plucked, washed and dried

Continue to bring life

To those who need their properties

So perhaps they are in a transitional stage

And not really dead…?”


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