Teach Me to Love Botany

    “Teach Me to Love Botany,” Ensign, July 1983, 7

    Teach Me to Love Botany

    Teach me that in mitosis there are two

    replications of chromosomes and in

    meiosis only one.

    Teach me that there is secondary growth

    in dicotyledons but not in monocotyledons

    because monocotyledons do

    not have cambia.

    Teach me that I can get a grade symbolizing

    a knowledge of botany if I study two

    hours out of class for every hour in.

    Teach me that if I endure the semester,

    I can graduate and never have to know

    about botany.

    Teach me to marvel at the intricate

    difference between meiosis and mitosis.

    Teach me to wonder in awe how a majestic

    tree developed from a tiny seed

    containing two cotyledons.

    Teach me to know in humility that all of

    the textbooks of men cannot reveal

    the secrets contained in a tiny

    blade of grass.

    Teach me to love botany, and a lifetime’s

    search for knowledge will not be able

    to quench the thirst you created.