Leaves of Three

I don’t like to kill things. Oh, I’ll occasionally swat at mosquitoes, but I prefer to deter the little bloodsuckers with citrus-oil repellent. I keep my kitchen meticulously clean so ants lack incentive to invade, thus sparing their little lives.

I don’t even like to kill plants. I’d rather mulch than pull weeds, although I’d rather pull weeds than spray them with chemicals.

I draw the line at poison ivy.

It isn’t that I think poison ivy is evil. I imagine that like the rest of nature, it’s just trying to get by — in this case, by inflicting an insanely itching rash. If somebody says, “What’s the big deal? It just itches,” I know they’ve never suffered from the “leaves of three.”

Most of the time, I “quickly flee.” Lately, though, the poisonous plant has been thoroughly out of control, banishing me from my waterfront and from the hill behind my house. Time to do battle.

With the foliage easily visible in its autumn gold and red, I attacked with professional-strength Roundup.

I don’t expect instant victory. Repeat applications are required; it’s an ongoing battle. I shall prevail.

Just don’t ask me about scorpions.

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9 Responses to Leaves of Three

  1. Seré says:

    I do hope you prevail, Carol. I’ll take a spider outside on a magazine, thanks to Charlotte’s Web. But Charlotte was no scorpion.

  2. Charles says:

    Blessed in that I’ve never suffered from poison ivy or oak. I’m not even sure I would know it if I saw it. Scorpions, dreadful creatures. I’ve had a few close scrapes but never suffered a sting and I want to preserve that record. I hear they’re delicious though!

  3. Ronda says:

    It’s so pretty. So that’s poison ivy, I can never tell because I don’t have a reaction to it What does poison oak look like?

    Great picture, you have a great eye.

  4. My sister got into poison ivy once and it took months to get rid of it. Terrible stuff. We must draw a line somewhere.

  5. my cousin had to brave poison ivy to rescue her son. even a month later, her legs looked like they had been horribly burned. poison ivy must be eradicated! good luck in your mission!

  6. oh, i know the pain of poison ivy. i am very allergic to it. i love your beautiful heart, and how you hate to kill things… there are definitely some aspects of nature, however, as you so skillfully pointed out, which need to be squashed for the sake of greater peace. 🙂 thanks so much for linking, carol! a great piece.

  7. Kati says:

    I really do think certain creations were put on earth for no reason but for us to defeat them. Kill or shoo, either works for me, as long as they learn their lesson and stay away. Cheers!

  8. Oh, thankfully I’ve never had a run-in with poison ivy, but I have no problem killing things that might cause me pain! lol 🙂

  9. I second emily’s comment — i appreciate your sensitivity to the living.

    I can also sympathize with the exception:
    my greatest garden battle is ailanthus — which is not poisonous to me, but to all the growing things on our plot. The trees send out something in their roots to deter the growth of everything else. if round-up was known to work on them, i think you might find me out there at the base of those horrible saplings.

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