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Ode to the Scotch Broom

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Ode to the Scotch Broom

The hillsides are covered
with miles of Scotch Broom.
Pretty to see
but an allergy doom.

This transplanted weed
should not be here.
It causes allergy symptoms
most of which are severe.

Some one once decided
Broom belonged in the garden.
That person's now reviled
and should be begging our pardon.

Early Spring the citizens
with their spades go out
trying to eradicate all
Scotch Broom that's about.

But it grows and grows
and will not die.
Bad for the allergies
though pretty to the eye.

Beneath my window
is quite a display.
My sinus reaction 
is the same as to hay.

I sneeze and I sneeze,
my eyes water and burn.
Lovely as it is,
I'd rather have a fern.

Oh yellow and bright
Scotch Broom you are
the most annoying plant,
and that is by far.

Go away, go away
back to your isle.
It's allergy season
and my sinuses you rile.

This ode to the Broom
is sincere and real.
Please cease and desist,
that is my appeal

Copyright © Francine Roberts

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  1. Date: 9/14/2013 9:28:00 PM
    Hi there, this gave me a big smile, well done!!!

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 6:26:00 PM
    Quite the humorous writer yourself! Great contest you put on. I really liked some of the other entries you put together.

  1. Date: 5/30/2013 9:31:00 AM
    I have to laugh at myself.....a few years ago, I bought Scotch Broom in pots as a gift for my daughter's house......(not knowing what you so well described in your poem)!! What a dummy I am......... yes.........they finally forgave me after awhile, and after digging up this invasive pest!!

  1. Date: 5/24/2013 6:26:00 PM
    Now all this rain & mold spore GAH! LOL tree pollen gone mold spore NOW Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/22/2013 5:16:00 PM
    I feel the same way to some plants and trees here every spring and again in the fall..I am not familiar with Scotish Broom and will have to look it up..I am glad that I chose this one to read today..Thanks for your visit to my work..Your comments were uplifting..Sara

  1. Date: 5/21/2013 7:05:00 PM
    I understand this poem oh too well. nicely done poet

  1. Date: 5/21/2013 3:58:00 PM
    Oh I so can relate to the allergic sinus thing. Not fun with neck-breaking sneezes and red-itchy eyes. A nice rhyming poem. Feel better my friend. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 8:47:00 PM
    Hello Francine, my name is Phillip Rollings. Flipper to my friends and you are a friend. Chef gave me a list of poets to write to and you are on the list. I don't know what a "Scoth Broom" and Chef is a big flower man. I don't know if you read his last post before he went to the hospital or the blog he asked me to write. if you do then this comment will make more sense. He is recoverying well and should be home Sat. Respectfully Flipper

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 11:27:00 AM
    lol, yes, I can sympathise with this, my friend. Thanks, Francine - loved the contest

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 9:53:00 AM
    The thistle is also a weed, but it became the national flower of Scotland. There's an interesting story about how that occurred. Good write as usual Francine.

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 9:40:00 AM
    i never heard of this plant before, but maybe that's because i don't suffer from allergies. i really like the rhyme and the flow of your poem - very delightful!