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Winter Wreath

by tusker 

Posted: 16 December 2013
Word Count: 30
Summary: For Dave's greetings challenge.

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Green holly leaves
Reserved for Christmas
Evoke memories upon
Elegant stems that
Twine through hoops of
Ivy clusters that curl and
Nestle amongst mistletoe
Gathered in orchards;
Such pretty parasites.

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Artista at 21:14 on 17 December 2013  Report this post
Very Christmassy Jennifer. I think you could possibly omit the last line, it sits well without it.

FelixBenson at 12:12 on 18 December 2013  Report this post
Oh I'm going to disagree with Jo, Jennifer - the last line was the best part. Being fairly ignorant about plants I didn't realise mistletoe was a parasite, and that darker strand (how they twine/why the twine) makes makes the poem so much more interesting. Love it.

tusker at 17:11 on 18 December 2013  Report this post
Thanks Jo for your kind comment. That last line was put in as the challenge is 'greetings' so I had to end with an 's'. I also wanted the poem to be darker. I'm in the minority, I suppose, as I dislike wreaths. They make me shudder.

Thanks Kirsty. Glad you like it. Yes, those romantic tokens are parasites but fortunately don't damage the apple trees the live off.


Dave Morehouse at 22:26 on 21 December 2013  Report this post
I agree the last line should stay, Jennifer. I love it when a poem tells me something I didn't know previously. It sends me off to Google where I always seem to find something shiny. :) They must make picking the apples rather troublesome I would imagine. Nice work, Dave.

crowspark at 11:38 on 22 December 2013  Report this post
We have plenty of holly and ivy. Would love mistloe. Will try to smear the seeds on the branches of my one remaining apple tree.
Lovely Christmas poem.

tusker at 17:08 on 22 December 2013  Report this post
Thanks Bill.


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