Saturday, 6 August 2016

Anthophobia: Fear of Flowers

Of such things, I've never heard
To me, it sounds quite absurd
That a flower of any genus
Could to some be such a menace
And not because of allergens
Simply petals, stamens, stems
A pansy's face, daffodil's horn
Venus flytrap, a rose's thorn
These might cause heart palpitations
Effecting one to need sedation
But if they dozed in a hospital room
Don't let them awake amid blooms
Bouquets of fruit, balloons or candy
Would for the anthophobe be dandy
Don't bring dahlias, lilies or Sweet William,
Peonies, foxglove, phlox or trilliums
No nasty nasturtiums or bunches of tulips
They might make the fearsome one flip
And the devil's flower is duly condemned
Even plastic impostors shouldn't be sent
To those who dread delphiniums and daisies
But send them to me; for flowers, I'm crazy
August 18, 2010

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