A wonderful creative write. I can only imagine how much research it took to pick out the plants of death. I love mushrooms, especially woodland varieties. Those red domed ones that look like they've been sprinkled with sea salt. Shall I pluck one and then on my way home have and bite off a chunk? Maybe not, eh? Lol
Michael, lol-yes, I love mushrooms too. I think you should leave those delicious looking red ones alone! I had fun researching these plants-I learned a lot-so much beauty, so deadly. You are welcome to come for dinner anytime-I would never serve dangerous food to someone I like-lol...my ex, well...totally different story...just saying...take care-Brenda
1 year ago
by Ben Pickard
I love walking in the countryside with my dogs, particularly the woods, and am aware of a few of the varieties you have pointed out.
We went to Cornwall for a week last year and Foxglove is everywhere. As beautiful as it is to look at, I believe that can give you a rather disagreeable stomach too - although, I'm not sure why you would be eating Foxglove! Anyway, my oldest boy worries a fair bit and that fact practically ruined his holiday!
This is a wonderful write and really creative as Michael says; I love the scattering of rhyme and alliteration you have employed throughout this piece.
Hi Ben, thank you so much! I did read that Foxglove is toxic also. I can't see anyone eating Foxglove either but one never knows. I feel so bad for your son! Poor little man-stressing over dangerous plants. I had fun with this write-it was neat to go to the dark side on something so beautiful. enjoy your walks and enjoy your weekend-Brenda
Brenda, I really like this one. Very creative and imagery filled. Love the scatters of rhyming throughout.
There are so many others
just as deadly
in Mother Natures' beautiful arsenal
all there for the taking
all there for the killing
so think twice
before you pluck
that lovely bloom
for it really could be
the bringer of doom...
Love this last stanza because it's so true. You never know what is poisonous or not.
Em, thank you so much! It was interesting to learn about these different plants. These are only a few, there were so many to choose from. I'm glad you liked it! Take care-Brenda P.S. Happy Mother's Day to you!
Dagmar, thank you so much! After doing the research I'm almost afraid to pick any kind of plant-lol. I was at the local nursery and I was mentally thinking-"this one is toxic, that one is, this one will cause a rash..." crazy to think how many of these will actually kill you. Enjoy your weekend! Happy Mother's Day to you! Brenda
Brenda, wow. What a lot of interesting facts woven into your poetry and what a refreshing different view of nature. Nice to read and also educational it must have taken you ages to write. Well done on a unique enjoyable piece. Milly x
Milly, hello! Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun doing the research for this-I really learned a lot. I was bummed because I had missed Andrea's Earth Day contest and this idea popped into my head-let's do dark! I'm really glad you liked it-Happy Mother's Day to you! Brenda
Reminds me of something Seamus Heaney would write, 'blackberries' spring to mind. A poem that talks about how wonderful nature is but then warns us at the same time. In his case it was about overindulging, in this case a warning about how deadly some of these plants can be.
A shame triffids weren't on the list.
'List' is the saline point with this piece for me, some great narrative, great descriptions. Obviously a great deal of research has gone into this, yet it reads a little 'shopping list' so a 7 this time.
Darren, thank you so much for all your wonderful comments. I did struggle with forming this so I definitely know what you meant by the "shopping list". So many deadly plants, so many to choose from. Thank you again-