red velvet rose twines next to white suede
lily of the valley scents the air
perfumes anoint the garden glade
while queen of the night does her share

weeds spread, demanding attention
hoping to choke the colourful plumes
sucking soil’s water and nutrition
from loud limelight looting blooms

gardener arrives with gimlet eye
digs up the weedy overflow
tosses them into his wheelbarrow
fertilises soil so blossoms grow

bloodsucking weeds belittle flowers
trying many ways to halt the show
but as long as flowers have patrons’ power
they will continue to shine and glow

unless weeds are unchecked in their
riotous flowers can never be silenced
so it is when gifts are nourished
the world expands with rainbow flourish