Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen

(5 February 1856 - 12 February 1947 / London / England)

Under the Wattle


"Why should not wattle do
   For mistletoe?"
Asked one -- they were but two --
   Where wattles grow.

He was her lover, too,
   Who urged her so --
"Why should not wattle do
   For mistletoe?"

A rose-cheek rosier grew;
   Rose-lips breathed low;
"Since it is here, and YOU,
   I hardly know
Why wattle should not do."

Submitted: Saturday, January 04, 2003

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