At first I was intrigued.
You were different from the others, unique, set-apart, in a class of your own.
I wanted to know more.
I asked around and learned your name; I watched you now and then. I learned that you are capable of presenting yourself in a variety of ways; like a chameleon able to change color. I found some shades of you more appealing than others but, for the most part, I enjoyed our time together; you brightened my life.
Before too long I realized you were becoming selfish, settling into places I hadn’t invited you, pushing others aside as you claimed more territory for yourself than I had originally planned.
I spent a number of hours yesterday trying to eradicate you from my life. I got up early, I worked hard, but still I am not finished. It will take a bit longer than I hoped, and I suspect that just when I think I’m done I will find some evidence of you trying to reclaim your turf. I won’t give up though, I will reclaim the space you are trying so hard to dominate.
Columbine, my love affair with you is over. It was fun while it lasted but I’m moving on to a perennial that is not quite so overbearing.