To be an ethnobiologist

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