Find some attractive planets
and tie yarn around their moons
to mark them for later.
If one snaps easily in half,
the planets are ready to pick. Remove
all the dried ones, place them
in a paper bag. Remove the seeds
from their orbits by cracking
with a fingernail. Pour the seeds
into a box, place them in a warm spot.
Shake once a millennium.
Pour the dried cosmos seeds
inside an envelope, fold over the flap,
place in a clean screw-top jar
until ready for planting. Start seeds indoors,
before the last frost. Planets sown
in outer space will quickly catch up. Water
copiously. Better luck this time.