My Nemesis.


I look out of the window and see it,

See it standing there, innocent and still,

But I know it is dangerous.

My Nemesis and I have battled,

Battled over many years.

I normally triumph

But have never been left unscarred.

Today is the day,

The day when battle recommences,

The first time this year.

I clad myself in armour,

That armour covers all of me.

So weapon in hand I approach it,

I take a gentle swipe with my weapon,

My weapon of choice.

There is no reaction,

So another cut goes into my Nemesis,

And once more no reaction,

So bolder I go and swipe deeper,

Deeper through it,

Until at last I have won.

My Nemesis is defeated once more,

And I being left without a scar,

Makes the victory so much sweeter.

As I walk away it is watching me,

It will always watch me.

But now I have won

It will be planning its revenge,

Knowing full well that another day will come

And we will battle again.

I am under no illusions

It is planning its revenge,

That revenge will take its toll,

Take its toll on me,

When I fight my Nemesis,

And prune the Pyrocantha once more.

  • Author: Goldfinch60 (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: April 10th, 2017 01:30
  • Comment from author about the poem: Battle commences for the first time this year.
  • Category: Nature
  • Views: 41


  • orchidee

    Ahhh, I thought it might be a sinister blackberry bush! Did you hack through the bush?!

    • Goldfinch60

      No I only pruned it as he berries attract redwings and fieldfares in the winter.

    • Michael Edwards

      I have battled with pyracantha many times in the past but don't have it in my present house. Instead I do battle with the ivy on the main wall - it is dry dusty and choking and needs at least three trims a year. So yes this great poem has much resonance in the Edwards household. .

      • Goldfinch60

        I had a major battle with ivy last year and took all of it out - well most of it - and it is easier to keep it in check this year - I hope.
        I quite like the pyrocantha but please don't mention that to it.

      • Fay Slimm.

        Ah - - clever verse with a sting in its tail - my own battle is with ivy - like Michael it grows where it should not but I still love the greens of the leaves. Good read my friend.

        • Goldfinch60

          Thank you Fay, the greens in the garden are wonderful and will always surprise you with their colours.

        • Bibbeck

          A very clever write! Starting evocatively and atmospheric... causing a surprise smile at the end.

          • Goldfinch60

            Glad that you enjoyed it, thank you.

          • P.H.Rose

            I knew it was a plant,
            bush Or tree of some
            Kind after the first
            Few words....
            I love this GF60
            Really good write.
            For me a poem where
            The meaning is the
            Last line, is the best kind

            • Goldfinch60

              Thank you PH. much appreciated.

            • willyweed

              And here I thought you killed the neighbor. good one!

              • Goldfinch60

                The neighbours are safe- ----- at the moment!!!

                Thank you WW.

              • Tony36

                Well written and expressed Great write

                • Goldfinch60

                  Thank you Tony.

                  • Tony36


                  • WriteBeLight

                    I thought you might be talking about the garden. HA HA clever!

                  • Goldfinch60

                    Thank you, the garden always needs something done to it.

                  • BRIAN & ANGELA

                    Great poem BROTHER ~ in the 21st C we all have tangible NEMESIS not the unseen mystic 20th C ones ! Mine is my mothers ornamental pond in general and the waterfall pump in particular ! I get soaked getting it out to clean ! My DAD's alergic to water ! For a few days it's like NIAGARA people pay 50p just to see it ! Then it gets slower and slower ~ a drizzle then it stops ! Mum is on the phone ~ BRIAN its the pump and I I'm entertaining the Ladies from the Guild on Thursday for a Garden Party ~ so i drop everything and set out (for the third time this month) to CLEAN THE BL** DY PUMP ~ My NEMSIS ! I used to play a BASS PYROCANTHA in the School Orchestra ! Thanks for scaring ~ Yours BRIAN

                    • Goldfinch60

                      WE all have our burdens in this life. Cheers Brian.

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