Monday, July 26, 2010

An Ode to the Hibiscus

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You can make it into twine,
You can turn it into tea.
You can rub it on your head
Where you'd like more hair to be.

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You can blend it in a chutney,
You can mix it for a dye,
As a lotion on your booboos
You might give the leaves a try.

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It will heal cracks on your feet.
It will blend to make a beer.
It is used for making paper.
For a cough, it has no peer.

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Worn behind the ear it tells you
Who is single, who is married.
As an offering at Kali's shrine
The blooms are often carried.

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Of its fibers, wigs are fashioned,
And grass skirts that surely tickle.
Some claim it's a contraceptive.
Other make hibiscus pickle.

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It's in soft drinks. It's in water.
It can help prevent VD.
It can darken shoes and eyebrows
And cure camel sores, you see.

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But the reason that I used one
On this bracelet that I made
Is because the flower's pretty
And the beaded ones don't fade.

Non fading hibiscus flowers right here.

1 comment:

  1. I love this Eleanor! Poem and bracelet both!

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