May 23, 2019

You Can't See Me

There's a plant that grows wild locally, Jimson weed, a hallucinogen that was very popular when I was a teenager because it was free for the picking. What is now Greensboro's Bryan Park was covered in hundreds of acres of free Jimson weed during and just after my teens.

I'll never forget this one kid I used to run with who after consuming quite a bit of the seeds, hiding behind a single stem with absolute certainty that no one could see him.

A dozen of us stood there laughing at him and he never figured it out.

Not long thereafter a classmate died from eating
Jimson seeds.