Posted on April 29, 2015
GRASS – One Word Wednesday
Seeing sprouts of green finally show up on my lawn here in the mountains made me think about the word GRASS.
The slang meaning: Marijuana.
But the word GRASS can also be a symbol.
- Once a name for spring or early summer, today the appearance of grass in yards signals the coming of spring.
- In his poem, “Grass,” Carl Sandburg used the word symbolically to represent the waste and meaninglessness of war:
Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.
Shovel them under and let me work—
I am the grass; I cover all…
Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?
- In Psalm 103:15-16 GRASS illustrates the brevity of human existence:
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone; and the place where it was shall know it no more.
The word GRASS can be found in idioms.
- Go to grass is to retire from one’s occupation or profession
- Let the grass grow under one’s feet is become slack in one’s efforts.
- The grass is always greener on the other side (of the fence) implies different circumstances wouldn’t be better.
- A snake in the grass refers to a false friend
- Grassroots refers to the common people or bottom of the political pyramid political pyramid, opposite the “establishment,” which controls the top.
YOUR TURN: Can you think of other ways the word GRASS is used?