Four Leaf Clovers

Four-leaf clovers

My superpower is being able to find four-leaf clovers. It’s not very handy but, hey, the luck might rub off. This patch was one I spotted next to a sidewalk last month and it was so full of perfect four and five-leaf clovers I couldn’t bring myself to actually pick any.

Staring at that patch I realized that I still didn’t know if four-leaf clovers are caused by mutation or a recessive gene and looking at the Wikipedia article on four-leaf clovers it appears that the answer is that science doesn’t really know either, that it’s sort of both. Some points about clover that I particularly liked from that entry:

  • Each leaf is believed to represent something: the first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck.
  • Clovers can have more than four leaves: the most ever recorded is 56, discovered by Shigeo Obara of Morioka, Japan, on May 12, 2009. (Editor’s note: daaamn.) There is a photograph.
  • A five-leaf clover is known as a rose clover. That is so lovely.
  • There are reports of farms in the US which specialize in four-leaf clovers, producing as many as 10,000 a day by feeding a secret, genetically engineered ingredient to the plants to encourage the aberration. (Are GMO four-leaf clovers still lucky? I think not darling.)

By the way, I find that early Summer and early Autumn are the best times to look for four-leaf clovers. They appear most in clover beds that have been undisturbed for a while (meaning: nobody has cut the grass in a while). My favorite place to look for clovers is in farm fields while walking through a pumpkin patch. The biggest and most perfect four-leaf clovers I’ve ever seen were in a fallow patch of a community garden. Go forth and stare intently at the ground. And good luck.

today I went to a seashore
laid myself on one of the huge rocks laid by the shore there
underneath the sun
used my shirt as a pillow beneath my head
covered my head with some portion of the shirt to protect my head from overheating
laid there like that for more than an hour
listening to the waves
birds
and waves
feeling the heat of the sun and the chill of the breeze

after a while, decided to have a walk by the shore
and returned back to the spot, but taking another path by some green area
it was then I found
first, a 5 leaf clover
and then a 4 leaf clover

I was happy, I looked at them for a while
tried to memorize where that spot is
I did not want to pluck them, you shall not pluck 4 leaf clovers
else the 4 leaf clover goddess will be sad
you won’t be cursed, she’s not violent
but she’ll hold the blessings she would grant

I headed back to my spot, my rock on the shore
then I decided to get back to see if I can find them again
I was able to
I returned back to my spot

Laid on the rock a little more
texted the one, that I’m grateful she was born
it was her birthday

I texted another friend where he is,
he did not return, I was going to ask for a bowling
we had been mad at each other for a long while,
understandable that he didn’t return

Anyway, went to eat some mushroom pizza with black pepper
cheese was bad, left one slice, couldn’t continue

Went back to my clovers
made them wiggle by touching them with the tip of my index finger

Was a…
whatever
wanted to share

 

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