Monday, August 12, 2019

Carpe Diem #1722 Yarrow ...

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend, full of inspiration. I had a very busy weekend at work, so I will not share a very large episode today.

This month we are creating a bouquet of field flowers and today I have chosen (again) for a not so well known summer flower ... the Yarrow. The Yarrow (or Achillea millefolium), is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America. It has been introduced as a feed for livestock in places like New Zealand and Australia, where it is a common herb of both wet and dry areas, such as roadsides, meadows, fields and coastal places.

In New Mexico and southern Colorado, it is called plumajillo (Spanish for 'little feather') from its leaf shape and texture. In antiquity, yarrow was known as herbal militaris, for its use in stanching the flow of blood from wounds.

Yarrow or Achillea millefolium (photo © Thayne Tuason

wounded soldier
white petals turn red -
mooing of a cow

© Chèvrefeuille

A not so commonly way of creating haiku, but I tried to catch a few of the uses of this Yarrow in the haiku. I think I succeeded (how immodest).

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until August 18th at noon (CEST). I will try to publish our new episode later on. For now .... have fun!

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