Ligo Haibun * bouquet*

15 Feb

bouquet martha

Todays bride will carry to the altar a bouquet of beautiful flowers. Sometimes as simple as a single lily or as intricate as a cascade of summer blooms. This was not always the case. In ancient Greece and Rome the bride carried a nosegay of garlic and herbs. These pungent aromas were supposed to repel any evil spirits who may be lurking nearby. They also wore necklaces of herbs and spices to enhance their fertility

Her wedding bouquet

warding off evil spirits

the bridegroom retches


10 Responses to “Ligo Haibun * bouquet*”

  1. yerpirate February 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    This is ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! Its actually very interesting how the bouquet evolved, but funny too – and a superb haiku moment, that flash, or ‘now; is…well..the bridegroom’s reaction…! Very much liked indeed.

  2. yerpirate February 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Reblogged this on More Tea.

  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) February 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Very interesting story.. And how you made it complete.

  4. kz February 15, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    interesting. i swear i had no idea haha funny haiku ^^

  5. sarahpotterwrites February 16, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Yes, I agree — interesting and funny. Wonderful last line of the haiku. I sing at weddings and see bridegrooms turn all shades of green or white, especially when the bride is late arriving. Never seen one puke, though!

  6. Esenga' s Voice February 17, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    A wonderful and interesting story from the past up till today. With your haiku like a cherry on the cake. 🙂

  7. Sunshine February 17, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    well, i learned something today…never knew about the wedding bouquet in the past. thank the universe the garlic ones are long forgotten. wonderful entry.

  8. jazzbumpa February 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    The twist at the end is great.


  9. Anne Schilde February 19, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    Haha, “wedding bouquet” will never mean the same thing again!


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