My Heart Shall Bleed

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    "The most romantic story of the bleeding heart involves using the various pieces of the flower to highlight the tale:

    It is said that a prince loved a princess who took no notice of him. To try to get the princess's attention and prove his love, he brought her exquisite and amazing gifts from far and wide. One day he came across two magical pink bunnies and offered them both to the princess.

    (At this point, the story teller pulls off the two outer pink petals and sets each on it sides to show the animals.)

    The princess was unmoved by the rabbits so, he tried again and presented her with beautiful dangly earrings.

    (The next two inner white petals are separated and held up next to the narrator's ears for display.)

    Still, the princess paid him no attention. The prince was so distraught over being spurned that he took a dagger and stabbed himself.

    (The remaining centre of the flower is shaped like an outline of a heart with a line down the centre. The heart is held up, the dagger-like line is removed, and the story teller plunges the 'knife' through the heart's centre.)

    The princess, realizing too late that she did love the prince, cried out, 'My heart shall bleed for my prince forever more!' and her heart bleeds to this day."

    - Barbara Kam

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    1. Fodd 119 months ago | reply

      Wonderful story - not heard that one before.

    2. Iseult 119 months ago | reply

      Really nice capture. I have been taking many pics lately of my Bleeding Hearts. They cheer up my day every time I walk past them. I liked so much hearing this very romantic story about them. So, you see Duane you are not the only one who gets an education when visiting someone else's site :) I really like all the history you have been including lately with many of your photos.

    3. tinhart 119 months ago | reply

      i like the slight blur... motion blur perhaps, or just limited depth of field. either way, gives the sense of a heart still beating...

    4. Luminuscule 119 months ago | reply

      I'm a sucker for droplets on flowers... the ones in this pic are so subtle, yet draw the eye instantly. Wonderful. Tears on a bleeding heart.

    5. Hilary (curioush) 119 months ago | reply

      oof!

      great bedtime story, thanks ;)

      and one hell of a shot. as always.

    6. Just Peter 119 months ago | reply

      this is beautiful!!

    7. ssh 119 months ago | reply

      great shot man.!!! love the colors

    8. lil miss priss 119 months ago | reply

      i have always loved bleeding hearts, but never knew there was a story associated with them. thanks for sharing it DRP! :o}

    9. bocavermelha-l.b. 119 months ago | reply

      You capture it perfectly and your romantic story’s text is underlining strongly the composition. Thank you for posting this picture for all to enjoy Heartbeat!!!

    10. k-girl 119 months ago | reply

      i had been dimly remembering that story (or one like it) for the last week or so ... thanks for sharing it. it was one of my favourites, when i was a little kid. i have never seen these flowers before, though ...

    11. Love the 214 117 months ago | reply

      thanks for always writing such great stories with your photos. you should definately do a book!

    12. Ðanitello ~ Soon To Be Deleted [deleted] 107 months ago | reply

      That is a gorgeous pic... and moving story to go with it. :)
      The bleeding heart is one of my favorite plants...

      Bleeding Heart

    13. tapperboy 103 months ago | reply

      Please consider adding this to Hearts OF Nature

    14. Hotash 103 months ago | reply

      Great story and idea for expanding the *community*
      You should post your shot in this discussion too.
      Thanks for adding to Hearts OF Nature

    15. Erin? 98 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot and i like the story that you posted along with it.

      If you're interested, please join my Bleeding Hearts Group.
      www.flickr.com/groups/bleedinghearts/

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