Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen

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."



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Douglas Brooke Wheelton Sladen