Consider the poison ivy plant

You often find its vines…

Stretching out upon the lawn,

Growing in straight lines.

That tiny vine, how does it grow,

To take over the lawn…

Getting rid of the stuff

Requires super-human brawn!

Every little snippet becomes

A full-grown plant…

If any touches skin,

You’ll itch until you rant.

It waves big red and yellow leaves

In Autumn, from woody stems…

Climbing up a tree trunk

For years with twists and bends.

Burn the stuff and its smoke

Can cause the brutal itch…

Gardeners, landscapers all

Learn the poison ivy twitch!


–Jonathan Caswell


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