With some jealousy the celandine

     Regards the daffodil

That is picked with love and proudly sits

    Upon my window sill.

 

The poor celandines upon my lawn

    Are pounced upon with hate,

Yet I love the ones that live and thrive

    Outside my garden gate.

 

With its golden head towards the sun

    The dandelion’s maligned.

Yet these “weeds” that gardeners vilify

    Have much to give mankind

 

For within this flower, we now have found,

   Are things good for our health

But we still condemn and root them out

    With unrepentant stealth.

 

These bright trespassers upon my lawn

      Soon make their presence felt

And then surely that’s the reason why

     My punishment is dealt.

 

There is neither flower that will accept

    That humans are in charge,

But they quickly get the message when

     Weed killer I discharge.

 

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* This popular poem was one of almost 400 chosen by teachers and children for publication in 2010.  I hope you like it too.  Josie

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