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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 manโ€™s beard is โ€˜herbe aux gueuxโ€™ (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. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Perhaps I should challenge you to tell me some less known snippet of English social history in return!

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      • 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. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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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