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From Christmas to Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2019

© Celia Warren 2019 mistletoe acrostic

It’s only a matter of weeks since people were hanging up mistletoe for Christmas – to satisfy a long-held tradition for lovers to snatch kisses beneath it – and now new mistletoe is appearing in trees around the countryside. These eye-catching balls of greenery bear berries, usually a whitish colour, on which birds love to feed. The berries are poisonous to people and other mammals, although not a killer. And while mistletoe might be classed as parasitic, it doesn’t destroy its host-tree. To me its presence is a beautiful green enhancement when the trees are otherwise bare.

After taking these photos (in Somerset), I decided to write the acrostic poem (above) to accompany the picture. It’s not often that I write acrostics, but they offer a fun challenge.

mistletoe © Celia Warren 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day for 14th February!

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