By Ed Crane
A familiar beauty gracing many a garden - as short
lived as it is widespread - holds a secret danger inside
its gaudy (white of course!) Klan-like robes.
Within its green veins and bulbous root runs toxic blood.
Named from a Greek myth or its narcotic sap – this flower seems a little confused.
A self-obsessed son-of-a-nymph gave his name to a mental fault.
Believed to be the most beautiful, his insatiable pride
craved attention, but by refusing Echo’s love, it drove
Nemesis to punish Narcissus and suffer the doom of a god.
The rest of his story is very well known, stylised in Dali’s surrealist hues.
When the concept of Narcissism arose, Freud and others applied their thoughts
to this disorder in which many negative tendencies hide.
Arrogance, entitlement, narcissistic rage; so many layers for doctors to probe.
‘Though mostly benign; this disease is a member of the dangerous triad
that can bring intolerance; death; and destruction of our rights to choose.