Friday, January 23, 2015

Carpe Diem's "Little Creatures" #16, Daisies

!! This is the CD Little Creatures episode of Saturday January 24th !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

It my pleasure to present a new episode of our "Little Creatures" feature inwhich the little creatures of nature are playing the leading role. This time I have chosen for a beautiful little flower, the Daisy. And I love to tell you all a little bit more about this nice sweet little flower. There is so much to tell about Daisies so let's go:
If you’re thinking about white daisies, there’s more to daisies than that.  They can also be bright and sunny yellow, purple, pink, red, and orange. Daisies look like cartwheels with petals as spokes.  In other ways, it also looks like a star that’s shining brightly.Even if daisies are a very common name for this flower, it’s also known in many other names.  Names like ox eye, horse gowan, moon penny, poverty weed and dog blow all pertain to the daisy.
Daisies are not poisonous.  In fact, a lot of people add daisy leaves to their bowl of fresh garden salad.

Victorian Interpretation:  Daisies have many different meanings attached to them.  In the Victorian age, it meant innocence, purity, and loyal love.  It also means that you’ll keep someone’s secret.  You’re saying that “I vow never to tell anyone” - when you give someone a daisy.
Superstitions:  Based on Scottish lore, daisies were referred to as gools.  For every farmer who owns a wheat field, they have an employee called the gool rider.  They had the task of removing the daisies from the fields.  For these farmers, if a big crop of daisies was found in your field, you had to pay a fine in the form of a castrated ram.
For the Celts, daisies were thought to be the spirits of children who died when they were born.  It’s God’s way of cheering them up when He created the daisies and sprinkled them on the earth.  This has a big connection to daisies symbolizing innocence.
What's the meaning of Daisies: 
Daisies are flowers that mean different things to different people.  It can mean cheerfulness particularly for the yellow colored blossoms and it can mean youthful beauty and gentleness.  Some people look at the daisy to be a symbol of good luck.  However, the most popular meanings attached to the daisy are - loyal love, innocence and purity.  It’s also a taken to convey the message – “I’ll never tell”.Apart from the Celtic legend that daisies were the spirits of children, the symbol of innocence also comes from the story about a dryad who oversaw meadows, forests and pastures.  One of the nymphs, Belides danced around with her nymph sister when the god of the orchards, Vertumnus saw her.  To make sure that she escapes his attentions, she turned herself into a daisy thus preserving her innocence.In terms of loyal love, daisies are used by women particularly in the Victorian age to see which suitor loves them the most.  By picking on the flower’s petals, a woman would know who loves her and who does not.
I found a few wonderful haiku on Daisies:

sitting silent still
low to earth, resting old bones
the daisies still grow.

© Caroline Brown
Or what do you think of this one:

A misty light fog
hiding spring daisies in bloom
lifts with dawns sunrise

© Travis Morgan

And I found another nicely written haiku with Daisies as theme:

poppies and Daisies
among the swaying wheat sheaves
a field mouse nibbles

All wonderful haiku inspired on Daisies. Here are a few I wrote myself:

around the mansion
daisies standing strong together
after the storm

miracles happen
in the tiniest things
daisies blooming

thousand daisies
around the farmer's house -
lowing of a cow
© Chèvrefeuille

The goal of this Little Creatures feature is to write an all new haiku inspired on the theme. The haiku can be classical or non-classical that's up to you. For this episode I have an extra rule ... you have to write a eight (\8) stanza renga with a twist. What does that mean "with a twist" you have to follow the following "line-structure" 3 lines 2 lines 3 lines 2 lines 2 lines 3 lines 2 lines 3 lines, but of course this is not an obligation. Feel free and inspired.

This "Little Creatures" episode is open for your submissions Saturday January 24th at noon (CET) and will remain open until January 31st at noon (CET).


  1. I love this prompt as the daisy has always been my favourite flower. It used to be my nom de plume opening my first email account. I have written many times what it represents to me and now this prompt is a nice challenge to see it in various meanings.

  2. Excellent post! Flower symbolism is always interesting....
    All the best ....

  3. Forgot to say -- LOVE your second haiku -- !!!