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The Tale Of Poison Ivy
Have you ever wondered why the turtle has a shell? Or why the dragon disappeared from this world? Perhaps you want to know how the bat can use its voice to see? Through the magic of folktales, answers to these questions and more come to light. In The Tale of Poison Ivy, we learn how poison ivy became the nasty plant that it is today, and why there is only one good cure for it out in nature. The jewelweed—as nature would have it—can be found growing near wherever poison ivy would grow.
I am a Michigan lawyer, with a passion for writing. My short stories have been published around the world in The School Magazine, Bumples E-Magazine, and Imagination Cafe. I have written and published two books for the company American Master Products, and helped ghostwrite a memoir for the Honorable Richard Suhrheinrich of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. I contribute weekly articles to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles dotcom (www.teenagemutantninjaturtles.com); worked as a research assistant for Mr. George Woznak on his book on private school education; and currently working toward my Masters in English with a focus on teaching writing.
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The Tale Of Poison Ivy
The spirit Ivy was a terrible trickster. She wandered the forest, playing nasty tricks. However, her friend, Jewel, always stopped her from taking them too far. But, one day, Ivy escaped Jewel’s watchful eye.
As the mighty Pine was sleeping, Ivy climbed into his branches, and shook him violently. All of his beautiful needles fell to the ground, leaving him exposed to the wind and stripping him of his pride. Furious, Pine called through the forest to find whoever was responsible. Ivy quickly told him that it was Birch. Birch wanted to be the most beautiful of all trees, and knew she couldn’t as long as Pine had his needles. Ivy even told Pine that Birch said proudly that she would never bow to him again.
Pine sought out poor Birch, and began using his branches to score her lovely bark. Ivy looked on gleefully, and then silently snuck away. She loved to see her mischief so successful.
Now, Jewel finally woke, and heard the commotion. She saw Pine punishing poor Birch, and noticed that Ivy was gone! Jewel flew through the forest, searching frantically for her friend.
At that same moment, the Great Spirit was traveling by. He was very hungry, so he asked the West Wind to find him food. West Wind didn’t know what to give him, but Ivy did. She told West Wind about the skunk, and the Great Spirit was led right to it. The Great Spirit ate the skunk and Ivy simply laughed.
The Great Spirit heard the cruel laughter. Enraged that one could be so horrible to any creature, the Great Spirit violently plucked Ivy from the forest floor. When Pine saw this, and heard Ivy’s laughter, he realized that she was responsible for what had happened to him, too. Pine told the Great Spirit about his needles, and the punishment Ivy had brought upon Birch.
The Great Spirit was ready to hand down punishment. But, before he could, Jewel intervened. She told the Great Spirit that Ivy was simply playing jokes. Jewel told the Great Spirit that Ivy didn’t deserve punishment, because Birch had in fact been disrespectful to Pine. She promised that from then on, she would always keep Ivy out of trouble.
Puzzled, the Great Spirit asked Jewel why she had not already been watching Ivy carefully. Jewel timidly said she had been sleeping. The Great Spirit was infuriated. He did not understand how Jewel could sleep when she knew Ivy was prone to trouble.
For her cruelty, the Great Spirit would no longer allow Ivy to travel free. With that, he turned her into a plant to be called Poison Ivy. Now, everyone who came into the forest would avoid her and her tricks. As for Jewel, for allowing Poison Ivy to commit these tricks, she would be a plant too, and forced to always keep watch over her terrible friend.
So remember to avoid poison ivy always, in order to teach her a lesson. And, if you do meet her, use her nearby friend, the jewelweed, the only thing that can cure her nastiness.
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