Mint: a cosmopolitan family
with so many attractive relatives
that they cannot be kept from your table!
I’m in love with sage, basil, oregano,
while I keep in touch with thyme, rosemary,
and common wild mint that grows by my door.
I’m not lucky enough to lounge on teak,
yet I can rub shoulders with lavender.
Over seven thousand species toss scent
into air, although some mints just look nice
like my garden companion Coleus.
Every leaf emerges oppositely,
each pair whorled, some posing at right angles.
Most have fragrance, structure, savory taste.