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Battle of the Choke
by Cynthia Borris
Friday, May 01, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I fought the battle and the choke won


Battle of the Choke
Deep-rooted resistance to death
Under the California sun
A four-inch artichoke in the pot
Now garden monster armed prick
Leaf circumference five-feet spread
Strawberries smothered
Water unquenchable
Drought ration in force
I fought the battle with a shovel over a choke
And the choke won.
Spawn of thorns
Kootnz and King take note
House of snails
I will not be derailed
Ax killer I tread through soil
Slice of hand a leaf falls silent
Texture of celery
Aroma of artichoke dip
I fought the battle with a shovel over a choke
And the choke won.
Braided roots cord in defiance
Deep the shovel blade cuts
Blister on blister splinters pierce skin
Twines of tentacles hold fast
Stabbed by thorn
Throb in thumb
One last whack
The choke was done
I fought the battle with a shovel over a choke
And the thumb won.
Copyright May 2009


Cynthia Borris
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Reviewed by Mary Coe 12/8/2009
Well penned. Enjoyed
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 5/14/2009
Oooo... there's nothing like pain to drive the shovel home for that almighty "one last whack"! A strong delivery that speaks of the battle at hand, and I love your usage of strong diction to describe the strength and assault of this "enemy", Cynthia. Nice resonant humour, too. Not for the faint-hearted gardener this one! Makes me realise my thumbs certainly AREn't green! :)) Thank you, Kate xx
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/3/2009
Spawn of thorns
Kootnz and King take note
House of snails
I will not be derailed

Interesting analogy and many inferences throughout this poem drew my attention, Cynthia. Well done. Thank you for sharing. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 5/3/2009
I enjoy reading this poem,take care,well done :-)

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/2/2009
Wow, Cythia, that is a big'un! Glad you didn't choke. :) Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/2/2009
That is some garden monster. I have one, too, but I gave him a reprieve!
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 5/1/2009
Congratulations, Cynthia, for conquering the choke and for
writing about it with such talent and good humor. -gene.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/1/2009
LOL Great take on an old song and I am glad you gave it a good challenge for sure.

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