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Double Dutch

Updated on March 3, 2011

Japanese Oleander

A beautiful blossom

so luscious and fine,

Yet deadly and lethal

If crushed up in wine...

So luring to gaze on

but toxic to touch,

A visual pleasure...

Down-right double dutch!

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      No_Clue 5 years ago

      Max, here in Florida we have lots of Oleanders that seem to grow everywhere. As a kid, we had them in the back corner of our yard and I remember my mom telling us not to ever touch them because they are poisonous! Thank you, my friend. It means alot to me that you have so faithfully gone through my entire hub, almost. Don't know that any one has ever done that! If I could, I would give you a big hug, just for that!

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Love the smart title, caught my attention right away =) Beautiful double-meaningful poem, such a treat!

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      No_Clue 6 years ago

      Thanks, Hattie! I so appreciate your visit!

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      HattieMattieMae 6 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      hmm well knowing the dutch, I don't think they are that toxic! lol

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      No_Clue 7 years ago

      Thank you, Denise! A most lovely comment!

      epigramman, you are a morning star in my sky!

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      epigramman 7 years ago just write and write and write and write - and it's all very brilliant - on both fronts!!!!

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Beautifully said. I love the choice of words.

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      No_Clue 7 years ago

      janbee, thank you!

      Amy, to be honest, I did not make that connection until after the write! I wrote this little poem after viewing an email sent to me about actual Japanese oleanders in a fellow hubber's garden! But, I can see the parallel very well, now and wish I had seen it prior to...I love the idea! Thank you!

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      Amy Becherer 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      My's gotta be a exotic, beautiful, intoxicating woman. Exquisite conveyance succinctly stated.

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      janbee 7 years ago

      "AWESOME" No_Clue ........short & sweet,but to the point!

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      No_Clue 7 years ago

      Christina, oleanders are pretty plentiful here in Florida, and we had them growing in our yard, growing up. I remember being told as a kid that they were poisonous and not to touch. We were drawn to them, though because they were so pretty! I wonder if deer eat them? Will have to research that...animals seem to know instinctively what to eat and what not to eat, which has always amazed me. Thanks for your read and great comment...more food for thought!

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      No_Clue 7 years ago

      star, you are so right!!! Didn't think of that! Good one!

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      No_Clue 7 years ago

      bbnix, you cracked me up! Yes, perhaps I am, altho not intentionally! but is it not true, my poetic peer, that most things in life are "double-edged swords", worthwhile or not? lol...and are we all not capable of being a "double-edged sword"? lol another thought-provoking comment! I do love you all! Somedays I feel like taffy in your hands!!! You make me stretch and grow!!! And I love every minute of it! Hugs!

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      No_Clue 7 years ago

      vrbmft,now that is a thought-provoking comment that will have me the inspiration for this little poem came from "Gifts From Mysisterdalesgarden" that comes to my email daily. Yesterdays was about the Japanese Oleander, which included pictures from her lovely garden and information about the flower itself. I was struck by the "irony" of the flower itself. I lean toward mistrust, quite naturally, it seems, and mistrust the soothesayer often until I stumble upon reason to like I said, your comment has surely given me some "food for thought"...which I, of course, love! Thank you for your read and most awesome comment!

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      Christina M. Castro 7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      I have loved flowers all my life but never knew about this one. Your thoughts are sweet and to the point. I also find it amazing that the deer and the other wild life can eat certain plants and leaves that are virtually poisonous to humans but never effect them.

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      Annette Donaldson 7 years ago from Northern Ireland

      ohhh many a girl could be described in such a way, nice one

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      bbnix 7 years ago from Southern California

      Very nice No_

      It reminds me that the things that truly are worthwhile in life are double edged swords

      Are you telling us something of yourself....;)

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      Vernon Bradley 7 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      Love the irony, however, I think there are many many beautiful experiences that are, in fact, not toxic, but we are brainwashed into thinking they are and they become forbidden as a way to control us. And perhaps then we co not trust the soothsayer when an experience or blossom is toxic!

      Thanks for delving into the forbidden zone!!