Not all of the poetry that I write – such as these pieces – is serious and high-minded, some of it is whimsical, funny, or just plain dumb. Today I taught a morning class on flower structure and pollination, so in its honour here’s an example of the latter:
A Bad Botanical Pun
“Don’t become a gardener – there’s no fuchsia in it!”
Not a great pun, but I’ve heard worse.
However, it may be pedantic, but I have to point out
That the genus Fuchsia was named in honour of Leonard Fuchs
(A sixteenth century Bavarian botanist, as you ask).
His name is pronounced as a definite, Germanic “fucks”,
Not a prim, Victorian “fewsh”.
So, don’t become a botanist – it’ll Fuchsia!