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          Wisteria hanging like perfumed garland on the cedar tree
          By Mary Ellen Elias

          She's the tallest in the neighborhood.
          Statuesque, like a runway model festooned
          With a lavender boa,
          Shaking it when the wind ruffles her sleeves.

          The neighbors would like her cut down to size.
          She may look pretty,
          But she's high maintenance.

          Leaving a trail
          As she waves by
          Never noticing the debris in the gutters beneath her.
          She sways seductively to spring's night music
          Pieces of her gone forever.

          But her scent lingers
          For a while.

          She wilts in summer sun.
          Loses the boa
          To become just ordinary

          And please the neighbors.

          © Copyright 2004, Mary Ellen Elias, All Rights Reserved

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