3.16.2013

touch-me-not

Serves you right for poking around
where you have no business.
Now you suffer, inflamed & ugly,
from unbearable itch,
the phantom prick from too much picking,
and oh, the scarring.

The antidote is right nearby,
so plentiful as to be considered invasive
with its succulent hues,
love of half-light & kiss of coral,
so much so that you’ve weeded it bare.
You’ll have to live with the burn.

(c)2006 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) via Wikimedia Commons
For Kerry's prompt to the Real Toads: The Last Mixed Bag

15 comments:

  1. Ooh, definitely a wrong choice here.
    So well done, Marian!
    K

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  2. Ha! Smart, smart lady!
    How often we live with the burn rather than pick the palliative...Why is that?

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  3. this made my mind race with possibilities, all fine

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  4. 'Noli-me-tangere', hands off sort of thing or the seeds will jump into your eye.
    Actually, 'Jewel Weed' is a nicer name. And yes, it is an invasive plant but not as bad as its relative Himalayan Balsam, which outcompetes every plant in the garden and seems to be clogging up our area of the Thames. Good choice.

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    1. i call it Jewelweed, too, and really love it. but i figured touch-me-not was better for this little poem :)

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  5. I love this! I love the playful quality and the burn ;D I mean the rub!

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  6. Ah! Laughter. You can probably imagine how close this hits to home. Beautiful and subtle verses.

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  7. I'm feeling the first stanza fairly literally right now. At least now my pain has a poetic side! xo

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  8. Good one, kiddo........."you have to live with the burn". Well said!

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  9. Very cleverly pictured.

    Serves you right for poking around
    where you have no business

    Tells you that often you get stung when you start to care too much about others.

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  10. Love it! This really hits home at the moment. :)

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