While growing up, I’d hear the rant
About that scary milkweed plant:
They’re poisonous to you, your pet!
Never miss a local story.
Their toxins pose a mortal threat!
So wisely I was on my guard
Lest milkweeds creep inside my yard.
A milkweed that might dare to sprout?
Why, promptly I would pull it out.
But now I hear they’re habitat
For butterflies (imagine that!)
Which prompts (from those who hear of this)
A screed of scorn, a noisy hiss:
So you’re the reason butterflies
Are scarce! Which prompts my own replies:
But think (I say, quite well-behaved)
Of all the human lives I’ve saved!
Don Munday, firstname.lastname@example.org