A Bad Hair Day

I think these are the last of the poppies in my garden that have a different look.

The combination of colours and texture is beautiful, but it was the crepe paper look that made these poppies special for me. I wondered what the word “crepe” meant and found that its origin in 18th C. French was “crespe” which meant “curled, frizzed” from the Latin “crispus.”

In reality, the poppy petals are soft and delicate, but it’s the crepe look that I find fascinating.

D’you ever have a bad hair day

When petals lie down where they may?

You see, for me, it’s nothing new,

They do whatever they want to do.

Crispy,  frizzy, fluttering,

My hairdo takes a battering.

The passing breeze has tousled me

I’m not the queen I’d like to be.

Here comes a lady pulling plants.

I call to her, “Give me a chance!

I’m just not ready yet to die.” 

She halts and breathes a great big sigh.

“I love the messy look  we share. 

To part with you, I could not bear.”




41 thoughts on “A Bad Hair Day

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I was out there yanking out the old (finished) ones and then I saw these two and had to go get the camera one last time. Some other commenter mentioned that they look like crepe paper (in another post) and that’s why I noticed it on these poppies today.


  1. Marsha

    Charming, so much appreciation of your natural world expressed beautifully! Your blogs are a delight and often quite magical. Thank YOU Anneli!

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Thanks, Ursula. I’m glad you like the poem. Poppies are one of my favourite flowers too. I’m sure you would never guess that from the number of poppy posts I’ve done.


  2. roughwighting

    Bravo, Anneli. YES, I also find myself rooting for the poppy and its “bad hair day,” so much like my own, and yet beautiful and wavy in its own way (if I do say so myself). 🙂 🙂 LOVE your ode to the poppy. xo

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