I long for moments of awe -
where time seeps into crack and crevice,
where allegro's finger
slows its vibrato,
where powdery blooms of Solomon's seal
weigh heavily upon August's vine,
where God's signet ring
dangles beside the forest path I tread.
by Margaret Bednar, September 26, 2015
This plant which looks similar to a blue berry is actually poisonous however has been used for medicinal purposes dating back a very long time. It is referred to as Solomon's Seal and was given this name due to its appearance at the cross section of its stem where it attaches to the underground root structure. The legend of King Solomon's Seal is shared by Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Doctrine of Signatures is a theory that plants were "signed" by God to indicate their intended use by man. I at first thought it was a choke berry - but the leaves were markedly different.
This is linked with "Imaginary Garden of Real Toads - Let's Go Back to School" where I was inspired by the poem "Rome" written by Waseen Asmal:
an excerpt from the poem "Rome": (for the full version, click on the name above).
Time has seeped into
the cracks and crevices of
the once mighty Rome
breaking it's walls
and leaving it crumbling in the dust.
and also linked with the Garden's prompt "Play it Again, Toads". I chose the archived challenge "A Word with Laurie - allegro" where I not only had to use the word "allegro" but had to keep the poem to 8 lines AND write it within a minute's time. I took a minute and a half (sorry) but it took me quite a while to research this little poem. It took me forever to find out what this plant was - the choke berry leaves are a bit serrated - so I looked for about 45 minutes until I finally found the correct leaf shape.
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