Now, being an ethnobotanist

     Is not all that different

From being a musician,

      Ballerina or chef:


You’ve got to practice

       Your licks and chops,

Your forms and foot positions

       Your dicing, slicing

And making a roux

        Every day (or else)

You get rusty.


No one I know

        Likes a rusty ethnobotanist

One who is constantly hoping