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Beauty is in the Eye...

Poetry By: Wilbur

Slight of hand? Trick of genetics? An Iris can be - well - bearded. Should you bend to peer deep within - surprise! See what's looking back at you! Happy the bee who only seeks the pollen and cares not for beards and such odd surprises...

Submitted:May 28, 2012    Reads: 16    Comments: 4    Likes: 1   


Beauty is in the Eye

Now take the humble Iris
A beauty that's for sure
They rise up tall in beauty all
With confident allure

Yes take the humble Iris
Emerald leaf spears sharp
Their colors true from white to blue
Like music from a harp

Oh take the humble Iris
Take its petals curling
Revealing deep the throat asleep
Blown yellow pollen skirling

Yes here's the humble Iris
Or no - can this be true?
Petal uncurls as a beard unfurls!
And teeth gaze back at you!

This isn't the humble Iris
Not with fierceness hid within
Bees' runway for gold pollen store
Seeming far too cruel and grim

Oh! It's a Bearded Iris
So different yet the same
I looked it up - no buttercup
It lives up to its name

At first seems humble Iris
Until you come quite near
Honey bee can't see like me
For truth, they show no fear

Humble Iris or the Bearded
Bees treat them as like kind
Land on the pad, then pollen clad
Fly on to further seek and find

A trick the genus Iris
Has played on her human court
Let them see quite like the bee
Sheer beauty, not the sort


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