Blue Wildflower

Chicory

So many names, how can I choose?
Wild bachelor’s buttons,
Cornflowers,
Blue daisies,
Ragged sailors,
Chicory.

Your delicate, blue petals tremble in a breeze,
Tough stems stretch toward the sun,
Blue eyes open for one day only.
You are called hendibeh in the East,
Witloof in Belgium,
Succory to the Romans.

So many names, one humble flower.
Some say you open doors, deep magic.
I try to see through your fae portal.
You open to the sky, following the sun.

Some call you a weed, some add you to salad,
Some roast your taproot to balance coffee.
I’ll call you a wildflower.
I’ll admire you on the wayside,
A flower more ancient than humankind.

Your humble eyes look beyond me,
Your roots are in the distant past.
Perhaps your soft blue eyes
Will smile on my grandchildren,
Long after I’m gone.

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: This flower is chicory, a common wildflower all over the world, used as an herb, a coffee additive and its many names inspired this poem: blue daisy, blue dandelion, blue sailors, blue weed, bunk, coffeeweed, common chicory, cornflower, hendibeh, horseweed, ragged sailors, succory, wild bachelor’s buttons, wild endive, witloof

32 thoughts on “Blue Wildflower

  1. Had to look close to see the blue stamen. The petals look like little prayer flags.
    As always your light tripping into the fae world is a joy… even when I am up early
    now before the sun waiting for my own ‘grandy’ to arrive.

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  2. Oh my! I remember this tough little flower, not wanting to give up and be part of a bouquet… When I was younger, I could not understand that this was a ‘weed,’ Brenda! This is so pretty, you gave it justice in your choice of international names and your trembling blue petals is my favorite part! Hugs, Robin

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    • I think it has so many names because it has been cultivated for thousands of years and has spread over the whole world. It’s fascinating. I was amazed when I looked it up. The Belgians have created Belgian endive out of it by forcing the leaves to grow with no light. I had no idea. I just thought it was Chicory, a weed. LOL

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