I heard her tell about the cockleburs.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Dey laffs an' laffs while she go steppin' down through de 'lasses lak a turkey walkin' on cockleburs.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves, North Carolina Narratives, Part 2" by Work Projects Administration
In each prickly fruit of a cocklebur there are two seeds, only one of which grows the first year, the other surviving to grow the second year.
"Seeds of Michigan Weeds" by W. J. (William James) Beal
A rope to your foot, cockleburs in your hair, and a clothespin on your tongue.
"The Roycroft Dictionary" by Elbert Hubbard
If only you knew what trash gives rise
To verse, without a tinge of shame,
Like bright dandelions by a fence,
Like burdock and like cocklebur.
"I Have No Use For Odic Legions" by Anna Akhmatova