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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.”




Author: wordsfromanneli

Writing, travel, photography, nature, more writing....

42 thoughts on “A Bad Hair Day

  1. Those poppies of yours have had a good strong run in your garden. Thanks so much for letting us in on the ride!

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  2. I agree, they do look very much like thin, delicate paper! Very pretty and great colour too. ❤️

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    • 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.


  3. They do look like crepe paper which I haven’t thought of in years. Our mothers used it to make costumes for us for the Christmas concert.

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  4. I like that look too and loved your poem!

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  5. As a child, I loved crepe paper. I think it reminded me of my grandmother’s soft skin. Love the poem, Anneli!

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  6. Still LOVE the bad hair day!

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  7. 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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  8. I love that texture, too. It reminds me of fabric my grandmother used to make me a dress as a kid. It was beautiful, just like poppy petals.

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  9. I will never look at flower with folding petals the same way again. 🙂

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  10. I love your poem and also love poppies, they are so delicate and very pretty!


  11. Love your poppies. I remember making poppies from tissue paper when we kids. They used to look so real. Your poem is great too!

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  12. What a wonderful poem, Anneli. Those poppies do look like crepe paper, and they’re so pretty. I can tell that you love watching them grow. 🙂

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  13. Eine wunderschöne Mohnblume. So faszinierend anders.
    Und so ein schönes Gedicht, liebe Anneli. Gefällt mir sehr.
    Liebe Grüße,

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  14. 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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  15. nice article


  16. Thanks

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