Atropa Belladonna

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Atropa Belladonna

At a glance

quite harmless,

although not a great beauty.

Belladonna

keeps her brightest shade

inside.

Atropos,

the deadliest of Fates,

lends her name

to this nightshade,

fright-shade,

toxic plant

whose essence

will take your sanity

before stealing away

with your life.

 

 


Submitted: April 28, 2021

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Mike S.

Bitch-plant? A finer, Hull

Wed, April 28th, 2021 6:40pm

olive tree

Interestingly the nightshade family contains tomatoes, potatoes, capsicum, chilli and peppers but they don’t contain the potent alkaloids of belladonna (in Italian this means beautiful woman).

Thu, April 29th, 2021 5:37am

AdamCarlton

Some evocative phrasing here... along with the implied threat! :)

Thu, April 29th, 2021 6:58am

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