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I did a post a while back about Daffy Dolls, the narcissus.


At that time (Feb. 1), only the stems were peeking up above the ground. No hint of flower buds yet.

Now, most of the buds have opened and are looking hopefully towards a beautiful spring. The daffodil is associated with hope and for this reason has become the emblem for the Canadian Cancer Society.

A second batch of daffodils is growing in a shadier location, and they, too, will bloom very soon.

The Daffodil’s Story


I’m named after Narcissus
Who lived so long ago,
He was pursued by misses,
But always told them “No.”


Narcissus was a beauty,
He loved himself so much,
No one was worthy of him,
His motto, “Look, don’t touch.”


One day beside the water,
He gazed into the pond,
And there he saw an image
Of which he was quite fond.


He looked upon perfection,
Desired it then and there,
But couldn’t make connection,
And that he could not bear.


Reciprocating actions
From water to the boy,
Elusive was the image,
As if with him to toy.


It mirrored all his kisses,
Repeated smile and wink,
But touching brought on ripples
Each time he groped the drink.


At last in his frustration,
Narcissus, wanting more,
Fell in to try to catch him
And died there near the shore.


A nymph named Echo called him,
But he did not respond,
She only found a flower
A-floating on the pond.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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25 thoughts on “Narcissus

  1. Lovely–pictures and poetry.

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  2. Beautiful photos and poem. 🙂

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  3. I love the poem and the pictures, Anneli!

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  4. Love the photos and the poem. Daffodils and narcissus are such lovely blooms.

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  5. That’s great, Sonja. How is your garden coming along?


  6. Lovely poem and the photos too. No sign of buds here yet, I am waiting for them to bloom.

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    • Tnx, Ursula. Isn’t it funny how different areas have their spring flowers at different times. It says something about the climates. You might be later getting the first blooms but then suddenly you have hot days when we have more coolish gray days.


  7. Hope (photos) with a laugh (poem).
    Thanks Anneli!

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  8. Hi Anneli,
    These are showing up all over the place here just oustside of my new home in Bad Pyrmont, mostly along the walkways at the entrances to forests, where Bella and I enjoy them daily
    I love them for their vibrancy end elegance. I believe they are not “wild flowers”, nevertheless, they grow along the fields and entrances to forests in “Wild” (unattended) areas. 🙂
    Life is Good !

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  9. With the snowfall today, I really enjoyed seeing those daffodils. Enjoyed your poem too.

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  10. Anneli, I love your daffodils and love that they inspire hope. We need lots of that these days. The Daffodil’s Story is absolutely lovely. ❤

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  11. Shut up! I had NO IDEA that narcissus was the same thing as daffodil! How crazy is that?!

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    • Narcissus, (genus Narcissus), genus of about 40 species of bulbous, often fragrant, plants in the amaryllis family (Amaryllidaceae).
      Daffodils belong to this group. I always thought they were all daffodils and the whiter ones with the dark center were the narcissus. So I’ve learned something too.


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