Leaves of three,
let it be
cause it might be poison Ivy.
So many plants of three
how do I know it’s one of these?
Follow this guide
for I have not lied,
it will keep you out of trouble
and avoid making your skin bubble.
Ivy looks so sweet
with its leaves in a circle neat.
its green blades are round and wide
the size of potato chips before their fried.
Ivy edges are not smooth
but serrate like snaggled toothes.
They have small veins
off a main vein
so in vain, do not miss these un-vane plants.
Ivy never branches
just three poison chances
on an 8 inch stick,
a tri-lobed green lolli-pop
that you cannot lick.
This shade lover
is found under forest cover.
It spreads from its roots
and can reach your ankles over your boots.
Poison Ivy has no luster to muster
like its shiny cousin Poison Oak
but, be warned, Ivy also is no joke.
As forest romancers
rolling in the hay will attest,
staying far away is really best
for if you do not heed
and touch this noxious weed,
your skin will boil up red
with pockets of weeping liquid.
About your looks, do not worry
cause the itching will make you more sorry.
But, in 5-12 long days
you will recover
and be much the wiser.