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The Bearded Orchid by Douglas Stewart

Monday, April 22, 2013

Well, as to Gnomes and Elves, I can see clumps of heath,
Dwarf Apple and Needlebush Thicket,
And nothing behind or beneath
Except the Wild Irises flying
like Lilac Butterflies;
But who are these 7 small gentlemen,
So Bearded and Wise and Wicked
With their Black Pinhead Eyes,
Malignantly sunning themselves
Against that wall of leaves
on a stem from the hot red earth?

emoticon Well as to Trolls and Such
They exist, or don't, in vain,
And a flower with a Purple Beard
Grows it by Chance and Rain.
But these had such a look
of supervising Summer
And knowing Black Secrets of Earth
Not really meant to be bared,
All kinds of curious fauna
It seemed in the Sunlit hush
took one step out from the bush
And one step back again.
{From the Book "Sun Orchids and Other Poems}

This is a Bearded Iris, which some people call the "Poor Man's Orchid" It is the nearest thing that I have found to the "Bearded Orchid"

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GAILRUU 4/28/2013 9:06AM

    I love iris. I wish I could extend the season for them.

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TUDAFD 4/27/2013 10:06PM

    I love the iris and have a bunch of different kinds growing in my yard.

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NASFKAB 4/23/2013 12:38AM

  interesting love the way you made me see

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IKACEY 4/23/2013 12:15AM

    There are so many orchids in Australia, there may be some bearded Orchids somewhere. I believe Ann posted some links for you. Good luck on your hunt for it. I have flower I can't even find a name to, nor the original pic I saw. Hang in there Jeannie, you'll find it!
IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

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JOANOFSPARK 4/23/2013 12:03AM

    Love the pics and the poem......*grin* we used have tons of purple irises where we used to live. I miss them. what an awesome time we are having, LJ........can you believe how much we are learning about Australia?

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MNABOY 4/22/2013 10:31PM

    The Iris is a beautiful flower!

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