When I was a boy, I spent many hours running through the woods behind our house. My friend Henry and I watched episodes of The Lone Ranger, and then head for the woods to pretend we were the real thing. It was great fun, but sometimes we got off the beaten paths and into the green leaves of poison ivy beside the trails. By the next morning I would be scratching my ankles and between my toes. If the oil from the leaves got on our face it could swell our face and might require a doctors visit. Most of the time we simply rubbed on pink calamine lotion and kept on playing.
The song above by the Coasters came out in the fifties. With its catchy lines it became a song you could not get out of your head once you heard it. I have always enjoyed hearing the famous hook, “Poison I—vy, Poison I—-vy… Late at night while you’re sleeping Poison Ivy comes creeping around.? I am not sure exactly what the real meaning of the song is since it could be interpreted in a couple of different ways. Be sure to listen to the clip above, for a taste of fifties music, and see what you think?
Barefoot boys running on rabbit trails
Chasing imaginary figures into the woods
Cowboys and Indians running wild
So much fun to run and hide
Pearl handled six-shooters and homemade rifles
All played a part in our virtual reality games
We were Daniel Boone and Davy Crocket
Crouching in the leaves behind a fallen tree.
That green three clustered foliage didn’t worry us
By morning night dreams turned to itchy nightmares.
“Late at night while we’re sleeping
Poison Ivy came a creepin’ around…”
Blisters and red bumps covered our toes
Even had a few bumps on our nose
Mom brought the bottle of Pepto-pink liquid
Calamine lotion spread over it all like jam
Didn’t seem to help too much at the time
It still had to run its itchy course
Poison Ivy song: Youtube clip from the Coasters
Our prompt from Bjorn today was to write a poem including a poisonous plant in our poem. Come join us at d’Verse~Poetry Pub and see what everyone is doing.