Cunning Little Things, Aren’t They

From the collection published in 2015, Spring Cleaning.

Cunning Little Things, Aren’t They

Are you aware that
daffodil bulbs are toxic
and no one in the animal kingdom
wants to eat them
except grubs.
What a clever plan those flowers have worked out.
Attractive and yet not prey.
I wonder how they did it.
I will not make the mistake of underestimating them
even if I see them settled in a pot and sold
in the grocery store.

Daffodils, Easter, 2017.


7 thoughts on “Cunning Little Things, Aren’t They

  1. Ever since I read that book on trees (The Hidden life of) I see plants thinking everywhere. Though I’ve always thought it, in kind of a magic way. This poem proving it, being written before. But now I am paying more attention to how everyone and everything seems to have a plan it’s following. On purpose.

  2. That’s quite cunning really. The flowers are bright, you can’t miss them, but there’s nothing about the bulb that shouts ‘poison!’ Ladybirds are toxic too, but they flaunt it 🙂

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