bleeding hearts

info on names/legend from Wikipedia

In this poem, I incorporated the flowers’ names: bleeding heart,

lady-in-a-bath, lyre flower, Dutchman’s breeches as well as the

legend from Japan, where this plant is native.  Enjoy!


photo credit: Janine Calsbeek

photo credit: Janine Calsbeek


Lamprocapnos is monotypic genus;

this sole species of flowering beauty

like one-of-a-kind love story to make

a shogun son’s heart bleed fuchsia


did he spy the lady in her bath?

(such was King David’s waterloo)

did he, like David, strum on a lyre?

sweet music to woo heart strings


he brought her a pair of white hares

soft as silk, like his young love for her

but she nervously refused the rabbits

(perhaps she feared being scratched)


next, he offered a gift of lady slippers

richly ornamented, warm comfort

for pretty geisha girl’s dainty feet;

she rejected on pretense of poor fit


desire to win her heart possessed

him to envisage a golden gift for

such a golden girl;  ah, earrings to

dangle from tantalizing earlobes


she laughed at flushed youth

in his Dutchman’s breeches

(East India Company imports)

turning cooly to her green tea


wretched soul, to believe only

forbidden touch would satisfy,

goes to misty forest with sword

to rend heart-broken wide open











2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jo-hanna
    May 19, 2014 @ 13:41:19

    The botanical name was recently changed from Dicentra [which I could remember] into this difficult name, which I have already forgotten 🙂
    I love all your puns [play-upon-words] and the names you are using.


  2. Colleen Redman
    May 19, 2014 @ 13:12:22

    Beautifully done. Fun and inventive. I just took a picture of bleeding hearts yesterday and thought they looked like the inside of clams! We have lady slippers in the woods nearby.


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