A Refined Lady


Included in this poem are the names of five flowers

Remember Hyacinth
the refined lady
who used to entertain
on a lavish scale
and to the occasion
she always rose?

Regarded by many
to be toffee- nosed
she wasn’t a snob
but was very sociable
and those who knew her
liked her a lot.

No shrinking violet,
was congenial and warm
with a welcoming smile.
Her plea to her friends
was: “When I am gone,
forget me not.”

Yet  despite her openness
she valued her privacy
and would swiftly reply
to an impertinent question
with a curt riposte:
“Mind your own business!” *

© Luigi Pagano 2016

* Common name Mind-your-own-business, baby’s tears 
   Botanical name Soleirolia soleirolii (syn. Helxine soleirolii)

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Yes Luigi, but can you grow them? 😉 very clever little ode…


I smiled at this Ionicus. I love the perfume of hyacinths. In fact I love perfumed flowers of all sorts. 🙂


This is the poetry equivalent of a well tended Bonsai tree. Short and beautiful.

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