October Chicory

   once in october
i stopped to look
at ripening corn,

saw the last of
      the chicory,
growing on the
edge of the field.

    faded beauty,
beyond summer,

   a reminder of
summer chicory,

maybe a weed,
maybe a flavour
      enhancer,

      definitely
beautiful flowers
on ragged stems.

   weed or flower?
(a question: how
can i be classified?)