Treasure Island

John Knight

(8 September 1933 / Liverpool - UK)

A Month Of Herbs


My Mother was a Herbalist
Who lived to ninety five
And with her pills and potions
She kept us all alive!

She boiled her herbs - in a big black pot
She had a big black Cat
Some say she flew on a Broomstick
But we won't go into that!

January was DANDELION
Whose juice could cleanse our biles
February YELLOW CELENDINE
Was brewed for Granddads piles!

March brings out the PRIMROSES
A cure for your rheumatics
April sees the STICKWORT bloom
For wheezers and asthmatics!

May brings all the BLUEBELLS
Whose roots are used for starch
June grows the scented MEADOWSWEET
Whose mead your thirst will parch!

July the bold PETUNIA
With Heinz cures fifty-seven
August brings purple KNAPWEED
Which makes you feel like Heaven!

September blooms the FEVERFEW
A cure for any fever
October's YARROW's good for you
You'll all sing like a Diva!

November comes the LEMON GRASS
Gives out a fine aroma
December juice from MIStLETOE
Will cure your worst hangover!

Aloe Vera - Silver Sage and Golden Golden Rod
Gingo - Evening Primrose and Periwinkle too
Boil them up they'll cure your bod
A real Old Witches brew!

From New Years Day to Christmas Eve
We never had a fear
A dose of Mother's remedies
Would wipe each tear!

Dedicated to all our Mother's who knew all natures secrets and were even prepared to share a few with us!

Submitted: Friday, October 16, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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  • Seema Joglekar (10/29/2009 5:43:00 AM)

    Gosh! You have an entire health guide there. Nature surely is the best guide, teacher &healer.I too am an ardent fan of Ayurveda(an ancient science of medicine that is more than a thousand year old that uses natural herbs) .Your Mom is worth her salts.Thanks for sharing! (Report) Reply

  • Emu Getachew (10/24/2009 11:36:00 AM)

    Great tribute to a mom and her abilities. I hope you share her wisdom with your children. (Report) Reply

  • Stacey Watts (10/24/2009 10:09:00 AM)

    Excellent piece an nice remembrance of your mother. It sounds like she was a very wise mother and took care of her family well. (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Alexis (heaven Is My Home) (10/23/2009 6:15:00 PM)

    a wonderful poem sir. lovely XAXA rhyming scheme. lovely rhythym. fine piece.. something for all.. with the exception of the two stanza where you have BABA, that kind of threw of the flow by the inserted rhymes in the first and third line.. it's perfect! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Myrtle Thomas (10/23/2009 2:03:00 PM)

    Dearest John, A great tribute to your mother! and I'm sure this is how are forefathers and mothers survived, with their knowledge of nature and love of family and earth.I found this very informative as well.I must say I had never thought of writing about herbs but you have done a wonderful lovely job of it. I look forward to your posts.Myrtle Thomas (Report) Reply

  • Luwi Habte (10/22/2009 6:15:00 AM)

    dear poet there
    this is so nice piece
    so lovely rhythm
    i loke it...
    nice tribute to some one it concern
    luwi (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm (10/21/2009 3:47:00 AM)

    A loving and lively tribute to your Mum and may all Mums who care as much as she did take comfort from it too - - thanks John - - - - from Fay (Report) Reply

  • Philosophy of a DewyFlower (10/20/2009 7:37:00 PM)

    a vital poem! ! ! ! ! yea an inspired one, I loved it...
    I loved so much the bunch of flowers wich has Healthy and Spiritual effects
    a Great done Wise Man! Moms and Nature have many things in common


    Nature is my second Mother...
    I adore Nature as I adore my Mother...
    sowing Love Seeds, much than love I gather...
    caressing you both, I'd be happy with either...

    Enigma/
    with LoVe&PeaCe (Report) Reply

  • Naseer Ahmed Nasir (10/20/2009 8:39:00 AM)

    This is a wonderful poem, John. I think all mothers are more or less herbalists and know many secrets of the nature.
    Best Regards.

    Naseer (Report) Reply

  • Patti Masterman (10/16/2009 2:34:00 PM)

    She sounds like she was a real sweet old Lass. Probably she did keep you all much more lively with her herbal magic! (Report) Reply

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