poetry and prose about place

a moment of beautiful – Blue-eyed Grass

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the space:  the meadow above the lake

the beautiful: a bright blue flower – Blue-eyed Grass

All grass is not grass.  In spring, some of those green blades reveal their true identity.  You look down, and a blue eye stares back at you.  You have found Blue-eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium montanum Greene.

Blue-eyed grass is not a grass at all, but a member of the iris family.  It inhabits moist, open ground in fields and meadows, and blooms in late spring and early summer.  The plant is low and slender, with a deep blue flower and a bright yellow center, borne at the top of a straight, usually unbranched, stem.  The stem is two-edged, flattened on the margins.  The flowers are borne in the axil of a sharp, upheld bract called a spathe.  In French, the plant is called BermudienneMontanum means ‘of the mountains’.



Blue-eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium montanum Greene


I walk in grass,

but it isn’t grass –


it winks at me

with azure eyes,

and I blink brown at them


Blue-eyed Grass

stands straight and still,

staunch Bermudienne

simple maid

with a watchful eye,

and a sword above her head



© Jane Tims 2012

Written by jane tims

September 17, 2012 at 7:52 am

9 Responses

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  1. It’s good that you get to play with a native species of blue-eyed grass, too.

    Thanks for the French name.


    Steve Schwartzman

    April 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm

  2. I just “discovered” Blue-Eyed Grass last year. It was probably here all along, but I never noticed it until I was outside walking the property every day for that outdoor challenge. It’s a beautiful little flower, and now one of my favorites. Wonderful poem. 🙂



    September 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    • Hi Robin. Thanks. I love to discover the new plants growing right underfoot, so to speak! Jane


      jane tims

      September 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm

  3. A nice verse! I’ve seen this in a certain area I hike in occasionally, its quite handsome and can be easy to miss.


    Watching Seasons

    September 21, 2012 at 8:32 am

    • Hi. Thanks. It blends in with the other greenery after the bloom is over. Nice to know it is also in your area. Jane


      jane tims

      September 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm

  4. Beautiful poem, Jane. And yet another learning experience for me. I thought those were special
    bulbs that the previous owners of our house planted on the steep, shade, unlandscaped hill by our garage!


    Jane Fritz

    September 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm

  5. I’m not sure I’d even have noticed these little blue flowers because they’re so tiny. I’d love to go on a hike with you.



    September 20, 2012 at 1:47 am

  6. nice work -Ive been on the computer for over a week=sick-then the cable got messed up, I had 977 messages piled u, so obviously I wont be able to do a lot-still not well-rough week. Hope you are doing well–beebeesworld



    September 17, 2012 at 8:58 pm

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