May 24, 2014
May is such a flowery month that I thought I would share some of my seasonal flowery limericks:
A popular purple delight,
Whose blooms are occasionally white,
The foxglove can kill
Or, at least, make you ill,
Yet disease digitalis may fight.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
The ubiquitous dandelion spreads
Its delicate seeds to new beds.
At first yellow and bright,
It turns white overnight,
Then goes bald, with the smallest of heads.
Plantain (Plantago major)
Once part of a young children’s game,
From a distance it seems rather tame,
But look closely — you’ll see
Frail, white stamens, so wee:
Pretty plantain, to shoot it’s a shame. All poems & pictures © Celia Warren 2014
When we were children we would pick plantain, twist and squeeze the stem around itself, pull sharply, and fire off the flower-head like a bullet from a gun. It was only a weed; we didn’t think twice. Now that I look closely at that delicate mist of stamens around the flower head, it seems like sacrilege to spoil this little flower and turn it into ammunition.