Drop of Blood

Dust After Rain

“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” – Rabindranath Tagore

I used to go around looking at all of the Queen Anne’s Lace flowers to see if I could see the “drop of blood”. Not all of the flowers have one. The story was that Queen Anne (1655-1714) pricked her finger while making lace, drawing a drop of blood that fell onto a flower. It is a bit eerie now that I think back to it, but I still have that undeniable urge to sneak a glance for the reddish bloom in the center.

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