Wildflower Week: Dutchman’s Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches
by Marjorie Kahl Lawrence

The fairies washed their panties
And hung them up to dry.
Who else could wear
So small a pair?
I’m sure not you nor I.

They’re made of finest satin
And trimmed with yellow lace,
That the fairies hung
The leaves among
In this secluded place.

And if I hadn’t spied them
I never would have known
What fairies wore
(And never tore)
Beneath a gossamer gown.

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Photo ©2013, Jen Payne

10 thoughts on “Wildflower Week: Dutchman’s Breeches

  1. Makes me think of the work of all the artists who create the Wee Fairie Village at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme every year. Just delightful, though I’ve never seen a clothesline there hung with breeches as captivating as these!

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