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A little shamrock plant I own, With purple leaves, has nicely grown And though my thumb is far from green, It clings to staying on the scene. New shoots sprout up when old ones die, A never-ending stem supply Of trefoil leaves that nod and dance When breezes give them half a chance. At night, they close themselves up tight, A sight that brings me much delight. I’ve never caught them in the act; Perhaps we’ve made a silent pact. Yet once the daylight’s lit the sky, With sunbeams glowing from on high, The leaves pop open in their way To greet another brand-new day.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2020




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Date: 7/29/2020 2:35:00 PM
Shamrocks are such a wonderful image of life reborn each day - of hope and life's stubborn survival instinct clearly shown in this delightful Irish song. I have 4 plants thriving on my kitchen windowsill - the oldest being four+ years. All the best to you and your clovers!
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Date: 7/29/2020 1:32:00 PM
Always charmed by your subjects, be they big or small, and your endearing treatments. I liked "Perhaps we’ve made a silent pact." Hope your shamrock brings you much luck this summer!
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Date: 7/28/2020 7:21:00 PM
I love those, enjoyed this! My thumb’s not the greenest either, I need a loud plant, tells me what it needs; succulents beware! ;), xomo
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Date: 7/28/2020 12:53:00 PM
A much nicer read that pigeons on your air conditioner! Even though lockdown has seriously impacted you, you still find it easy to recognise the simple beauty of life! Well done! Aloha! Rico
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Date: 7/28/2020 11:00:00 AM
Youll have to send me some for St Patrick's day Ilene. Tom
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Date: 7/28/2020 10:48:00 AM
they are such lovely plants Ilene, perhaps they close and then open the next day to say 'top oh the morning to ya' she says in her best irish accent!:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 7/28/2020 10:07:00 AM
Wonderful, Ilene. I envy anyone who can nurture and manage to keep a plant alive and thriving. What a joy it must be to wake up to this one each day.
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Date: 7/28/2020 9:37:00 AM
There is nothing prettier than a shamrock plant. I gave one to a friend once and she gave shoots off to people for years. I was the only one who could not keep my shoot alive out of hundreds of shoots.
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Date: 7/28/2020 9:29:00 AM
and those leaves also greet you each morning. These lines are charming, Ilene. I always look forward to reading your poetic thoughts on so many varied subjects.
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