July 14

Dipsacus fullonum

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With a purple tutu

Covering those sharp spines

Simultaneously

Attracting, repelling

Roadside weed, food for bees

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Glistens with summer dew

Used to comb wool so fine

Grows spontaneously

Endlessly compelling

Now here from overseas

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Armored dangerously

Growing and excelling

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(A Rimas Dissolutas Poem)