Three of my grandchildren, one of their partners, and one of my best friends, all have their birthdays this month!
Of course, it includes Remembrance Sunday too. Whilst we wear poppies, the French wear cornflowers, to remember the battlefields. Both of these flowers are masculine in French, un coquelicot for a poppy, and un bluet for a cornflower.
However the French names for flowers, blossom, and a rose, are all feminine.
To finish, here is one of my poems, entitled ‘God’s Creation
‘Too beautiful to be the work of man.
Fine silky petals -
Red, shading to pink.
Black spiky stamens -
The colour of ink.
Curling flat leaves -
A green so intense.
A subtle sweet perfume--
That’s almost incense……..a POPPY!
Enjoy November, Esmé.