Monday Morning #Haiku 48 — Seed Beards

Old Man's Beard

Woodland cloaked in white:
invasion of Old Man’s Beard.
Whisker trimming time.


As someone who can’t resist sharing offbeat historical facts, I learned today that the French name for old man’s beard is ‘herbe aux gueux’ (the rascal’s or beggar’s herb).

Apparently, beggars used to rub the acrid sap from this plant on themselves to give their skin a sore and ulcerated appearance, so that passers-by would pity them and cough up donations of money, food, or clothing.

Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

24 thoughts on “Monday Morning #Haiku 48 — Seed Beards”

      1. Ooohhh… going to have to get my thinking cap on for that one!
        As for the good cook part… don’t know how much my being French helps – but we do love to “receive” big crowds so we learn to make large batches of whatever!

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    1. Such extreme measures are probably best not taken, as it might alarm the health visitor, re the possibility of a certain little person catching some red blistery disease off his dad!


    1. Thanks, Naomi 🙂 Hee, hee, hee, I think you’ve just made an unintentional pun of your own here, by commenting on my “sharp” sense of humour, what with my haiku’s mention of whisker trimming!


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