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Garden terrorist

by crowspark 

Posted: 05 July 2020
Word Count: 61
Summary: For Oonah's flower challenge

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Garden terrorist
an infiltrating army
its stolons snaking
creating sleeper cells
establishing ground cover
occupy, consolidate!

Saw edge foliage
unfurl from hairy stems.
Here come grenades
wrapped in white petals
their pins pulled
ready to deliver their payload.

Blood red
bloated with juice
hanging heavy
amongst camouflage.
Shout your name, 'Fragaria'
family of 'Rosaceae'
see them come running, bringing the cream.

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V`yonne at 18:20 on 05 July 2020  Report this post
I have some growing in the block paving here! I've tried killing it off with boiling water but no go. It's not fruit bearing. Just invasive. I love your descriptions here, Bill. Never thought of saw-edged Perfect.

michwo at 18:28 on 05 July 2020  Report this post
And I thought Japanese knotweed was the most invasive plant known to man!
The name 'Fragaria' would have suggested 'fragrant' to me like buddleia (have I spelt that right?) but, having read your poem, it's more suggestive of 'fragging' or attack with fragmentation grenades. And what can you do with 'stolons' other than trip and stumble over them?
Everything in the garden is not lovely obviously.
A cautionary poem for sure.

crowspark at 09:54 on 06 July 2020  Report this post
Thank you both. We planted just one strawbery plant in the herb bed. The fruit was nothing to write home about. But then we forgot about it until yesterday when I had to weed about 90 plants all sprung from the same beast. We had lots of strawberries for tea though.

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