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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.

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

  1. Dale on said:

    Well how do you like them apples? I’m French and I never heard that one!

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    • Well. there you are, Dale. No wonder you’re good at cooking, if you’re French 🙂 Perhaps I should challenge you to tell me some less known snippet of English social history in return!

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      • Dale on said:

        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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  2. That little extra tidbit of info made me squirm. 😯 Love the image and haiku, Sarah.

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  3. Oooh, great idea. It might get me a couple of days off work. Nice post – great minds think alike. xxx

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  4. Wonderful picture and Haiku…

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  5. what a bit of info here- but lovely haiku and image Sarah!

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  6. Well I never knew that Sarah, what a fascinating little factoid you share with us! Love the Haiku too…

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  7. A lively haiku that’s also a natural-history lesson. I love it, Sarah!

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  8. Lovely Sarah, I don’t think this is a plant I’ve come across yet, but now if I find one I’ll be really pleased 🙂

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  9. Fabulous haiku and absolutely enthralling historical fact! Very intriguing! Ebullient cheers,

    smiling toad

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  10. I LOVE this, Sarah. You have such a sharp sense of humor, and it can come out in three short lines. Also, that is a very interesting fun fact about this particular herb.

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