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Poison Ivy

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by Marina Vladova

Lingering idly in an open field or well-worn path, 

with hairy growth along a downed or standing tree

emergent leaflets, shapes of three subopposite, 

oblong and pointed, toothed and smooth 

a subtle single notch or deeply lobed 

with pearl-shaped fleshy fruit 

she feeds the birds and spreads the seeds 

She grows from pliant fragments in the ground 

Takes root where stems touch soil 

On human skin her oily drop of pinprick’s range—The oozy itch

reminds us that we never left the serpent’s garden.

 

 

 

 

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