Loose Strife

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At D’Verse Pub for poetsthe Tuesday Poetics challenge is to write a poem about invasive plants. Thank you Kim for the prompt. I am struggling to post this on my new machine but here goes.

 

Loose Strife

 

Lythrum salicaria

ruthless colonizer

Flagging the shallows

 

Phalanxes purple hued

bugle petaled pikes

Herald the march

 

Natives displaced

waters muddied

Loosestrife tightens its hold

 

Wetlands subdued

barren and destitute

Under a riot of color.

20 thoughts on “Loose Strife

  1. I’ve seen purple loosestrife and thought it an attractive plant; I wasn’t aware of its ruthlessness although the name should have warned me! I love the sound of ‘bugle petaled pikes’ and the image of:
    ‘Wetlands subdued
    barren and destitute
    Under a riot of color’.

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