Naked Lady Belladonna

Naked Lady Belladonna

naked lady belladonna

Belladonna the naked lady
Does stand there in all her glory.
She so prefers to be shady,
But few know her real story.

Belladonna, a lady of beauty,
Is flirting like a playful nymph,
Timid and shy, so few can see
You are strong in spine, never limp.

Will you come out to show your face,
To all who walk by seeking you?
They try so hard to find the place
Where you dwell, are you bashful, too?

You wear a simple gown of pink,
So becoming, very feminine.
No other adornment to link
Or invite anyone to come in.

When I was young and newly married the backyard was my place to relax. I loved to garden and tend my flowers. We were in our new home for just a few months when I noticed a new bulb coming up in the garden. It was our first spring there and I was anxious to see if all the bulbs I has planted in the fall would come up. Some were sprouting their leaves already and I was thrilled.

I had crocus, daffodils, tulips and irises. Over in a shady corner, under a pine tree, hiding behind a low ground cover was a strange looking plan sprouting. It had no leaves, just a pinkish stem. Every day I would go look at it. It was growing quite fast, about an inch or two a day. It had a few funny looking buds at the top. Regardless of how high it grew there were no leaves, just a thick strong stem.

When it was about a foot tall the buds were quite big and finally opened. It was a trumpet shaped flower in a
beautiful shade of pink. I had no idea what it was, so I drove to my local nursery and described the flower to the nurseryman. He told me it was a species of amaryllis, called Naked Lady Belladonna . Naked because it would  never grow any leaves, just flowers on the top of each stem. I had only one Naked lady and went back to the nursery in the fall to buy more bulbs.

In the spring I would invite visitors to come see the naked ladies in my backyard. Intrigued, they would follow me to my secret garden and admire the lovely pink flowers.
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I am the Senior Editor and SEO Editor for The Creative Exiles (TCE). I edit all posts to help members achieve an acceptable score on Google and other search engines. I am also an author on TCE and write mainly in poetry and short stories. I have always liked to write. It is important to me that writing comes from my heart and soul. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. I began writing content online in 2007, starting with BellaOnline - A Voice For Women, where I was the Native American Editor, Folklore & Mythology Editor, and the Appalachian Editor. I also wrote articles for The Examiner, Daily Two Cents, and Yahoo. I am a freelance writer for Fiverr. I am currently an author on HubPages, a member/author of the Maven Coalition, and Senior Editor and an author for The Creative Exiles. Most of what I write takes a lot of research and I love it. Even if it is a fictional story, I will research for accuracy in whatever it takes to make my characters, their era, their location, etc. become realistic to the reader. I hope you enjoy my works. Thank you for visiting.

4 thoughts on “Naked Lady Belladonna

  • October 15, 2016 at 7:28 PM

    As you know I am a photographer as well, and I am a very happy person in a flower garden with my camera in hand. Loved this, and written nicely.

    • October 16, 2016 at 5:13 AM

      I like your photography, Kurt. Flower gardens are a wonderful place for cameras. Glad liked my little poem. Thank you so much.

  • October 15, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    They are a wonderful flower and we have them here too. I have always admired them. A wonderful tribute to an unusual but very beautiful bloom. Nicely penned Phyllis.


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