Invincible Vines

Blackberries cannot be defeated in the pacific northwest.
For every vine that is hacked to its death another shoots up.
For every thorn that stabs into nothing another defends itself against natures threats.

Inch by inch we fight back these blackberries.
Every week they shoot out a new vine.
The outgrowth and vines are gone but the roots remain.

And so in the weakness of early springtime I went after the vines.
With thorns bursting through my gloves, and a fierce scratch across my back
I make headway.

Tangled in the brush a toy animal, newspaper, plastic bags and a CD.
Michael Jackson's album Invincible declared war for the blackberries.


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