I admit that the place is not fancy
but why you object I just can’t see
yes, the kitchen’s a mess
but you’ll see, more or less
like a picnic, it’s rugged and antsy


Think twice when you plant the Ruellia
It spreads like the devil, I tell’ya
This wild petunia
Takes over and soon’ya
Be sad that this curse has befell’ya


Ruellia, an ode to my favorite invasive species, first appeared here on October 5, 2017.


Martin Luther could hardly relax
’til the Church was informed of the facts
with his brow in a frown
he wrote them all down
but the dime store was fresh out of tacks

#TBT – originally written during my limerick phase back in the 1980s. One day, this will be 500 years old as well.


think twice when you plant the Ruellia
it spreads like the devil I tell’ya
this wild petunia
takes over and soon’ya
be sad that this curse has befell’ya

(I like that the last line feels
forced into submission by an angry man
with a mallet, which is not far
from the truth.)


The Zealot will never desist
From his preaching and shaking his fist
Up in heaven his spot
Is reserved and he’ll not
Be forgotten nor will he be missed