Prickles

Prickles

one should
      not get
too close;
   one might
be sorry

sometimes
   it pays
      to be
careful

not just with 
   thistles
      either.
time brings 
   us some
surprises.

   some are
very nice
      and some 
are not.
and we learn:

one should
      not get
too close;
   one might
be sorry

15 thoughts on “Prickles

    1. murray robertson Post author

      Thistles! We have some beauties here. Eight years ago, we had Russian Thistle (or is it Canadian Thistle?) that were fifteen feen tall and just as wide. Now I dig them up when they are less that a foot by a foot.

      It makes walking in the unfenced part of our yard a lot easier. They were big enough to cause serious lacerations. Not any more!
      šŸ™‚

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  1. abvr

    Well I guess it is an art to work around the pickles and the thistle in particular when you are out in your garden. Thistles are important food source for bees and butterflies, so these and other insects have developed the art of getting to the saccharine secretion of the plant. Also interesting, the songbirds love the thistle seeds. Ideal garden plants i believe.

    Now I have to go and reflect upon the gripe.
    Lacerations, that is deep.

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    1. murray robertson Post author

      I can fined for growing thistles. So I’ll just take your word for their benefits. (But I am required to poison (!) or dig them up.

      I have not noticed any domestic bees this year. But I have seen some wild-appearing (similar) bees going where domestic bees were last year.
      (Recently I read that colony collapse may be mainly due to a warming climate.)

      Birds? Looking out our window, we see so many different ones. A favorite is a new(ish) arrival, from southern United States, “California Quail”.

      There was at least one pair hiding under lilac bushes from predators (raptors). We saw a surviving chick with them once this year.

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      1. abvr

        Oh, the thistle is an invasive plant in your area? I didn’t realise that, no wonder the urgency to destroy them. Yes, there is a big issue with bees around the world. A week never passes without me seeing one and if I’m lucky maybe two.
        Oh that must be so delightful surrounded by a bird sanctuary.
        Yes I know the problems they have with eagles and I’m pleased to hear that the chick survived.

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    1. murray robertson Post author

      Maybe the poem is about someone. Could also be about something else that wouldn’t be obvious unless someone coud read the warped mind of the poet…

      And I forget these things so quickly. Re-reading, to edit a poetry collection (I’m working on it) I am getting lots of surprises. Some of it looks quite good.

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      1. d.a.simpsonwriter

        “The warped mind of a poet”…mmm now why does that make me smile? We see layers of significance which is one of the joys of poetry.

        I too am sorting through my own work. It’s an amazing journey because even work just a few weeks ago might not be written how I would write it today. šŸ™ƒ

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