In "Nettles," by British poet Vernon Scannell, the speaker's son gets hurt after stumbling into a patch of stinging plants. Horrified at seeing the boy in pain, the speaker charges into the yard with a sharp blade and hacks away at the nettles until there's nothing left. The effort proves fruitless, however, as new plants soon spring up to replace the old. The stinging nettles come to symbolize life's inevitable pain: no matter how much the speaker may wish to protect their son, the boy will undoubtedly be hurt again. "Nettles" was published in 1980, in Scannell's New & Collected Poems 1950-1980.