Belladona. Sea blue marshmallow eyes. Belladonna sees you - it's just a disguise. She sees nothing but grey.

Belladonna. Ice cool, shaken not stirred. Belladonna. Whisper only the word
and she would wash the day away...

And as I faded through the years, she found an answer to the tears. It wasn't wise, but no, no humble mortal ever matched these eyes.

Belladonna - pretty name for a slave. Belladonna. Starburst - shouts from the grave "I'll remember our dawn."

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    General CommentBelladonna, more commonly known as deadly night-shade, Atropa belladonna, devil's cherries, devil's herb, divale, dwale, dwayberry, great morel, naughty man's cherries, and poison black cherry, is a perennial herb that has been valued for its medicinal properties for over five centuries. It was thought to be an herb tended by the Devil himself, except on Walpurgis Night, when the Devil retired to prepare a witches' sabbath. On that night, the plant metamorphosed into an enchanting lady, lovely but deadly to behold. This plant contains potent alkaloids, which can produce hallucinations, so wine for Bacchanalian orgies was spiked with belladonna, which yielded frenzy and hysteria. There were, of course, many evil uses. However, on a romantic note, Italian and Spanish ladies put belladonna in their eyes to cause them to dilate, which made the ladies look beautiful and seductive ("beautiful lady" = bella donna).

    The poisonous substance is extracted from deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna) and from which the drug atropine is obtained. Atropine has powerful effects on the parasympathetic nervous system, blocking nerve transmissions. With the parasympathetic nervous system out of action, the sympathetic system is left to function unopposed. Thus, atropine mimics some of the stimulatory actions of the sympathetic nervous system and adrenaline. Small doses cause the heart rate to increase. Atropine is used in some cough mixtures for the treatment of bronchitis and whooping cough. It is also used to dilate the pupils for eye examination, relieve peptic ulcers, and to relax the smooth muscle of the intestines and stomach before a general anaesthetic.

    One of the first widespread uses of the herb was purely a cosmetic one. Sixteenth century Italian women reportedly applied belladonna solutions to their eyes to dilate the pupils and achieve a dreamy and supposedly more desirable appearance (hence the name belladonna, which is Italian for 'beautiful lady').

    Also, Amaryllis Belladonna (am-a-ril-lus bel-a-don-na) Nicknames: Belladonna Lily, Naked Lady, Brunsvigia Rosea, Jersey Lily, Barbados Lily, Guernsey Lily, Madeira Lily, Family: AMARYLLIDACEAE Colors: Light Pink, White Blooms in the Northwest: August/September, Needs to be root-bound to bloom, may take several years to establish Named after amaryllis, the Greek beauty and bella donna which means beautiful lady in Italian. Belladonna also means poisonous. Whenever you see belladonna in the botanical world it means that the plant is deadly but that can be good because it also means it is deer and rodent resistant.

    According to the classical poets Theocritius, Ovid, and Virgil, Amaryllis was a virginal nymph, timid and shy but with a spine of steel. She fell head over heels in love with Alteo, an icy-hearted shepherd reputed to be as handsome as Apollo and as strong as Hercules, and determined that she would be true only to him, no matter what the consequences. Indifferent to her charms, Alteo claimed his only desire was that a new flower be brought to him, a flower that had never before existed in the world. Amaryllis consulted the Oracle at Delphi and was instructed to pierce her heart with a golden arrow at Alteo’s door. This she did, dressed in maidens white, for thirty consecutive nights, dripping blood all the while. The shepherd finally opened his door to discover a flower which had sprung from the blood of her heart. The flower was named Amaryllis. Here we have the history of the introduction of Amaryllis Belladonna to Greece from South Africa. It caused quite a commotion then and still does today in Northwest Gardens for anyone fortunate enough to find them for sale. It was all types of trade (spice, gold, diamonds, and sugar which in turn brought slaves from Africa to other parts of the world to work in the sugar and tobacco fields) that is very important to the distribution of the Amaryllis Belladonna as well as all South African Plants.

    Belladonnas were widely cultivated by the Romans and Greeks and later by the seafaring and trading powers Portugal, Spain and Italy. The bulbs are still found in gardens of nobles in major cities, trading ports,church gardens, and around plantation houses of wealthy merchants. Amaryllis Belladonna are also known as naked ladies because the greenery comes up first in early summer then dies back. Then in late summer a naked spike that resembles a cobra emerges out of the ground and then pops open produces many blooms that are a soft pink color. They smell like Bazooka bubble gum and last for a long time in the garden and as a cut flower.

    They can not be forced inside to bloom. The amaryllis bulbs sold in autumn to bloom indoors are hippeastrum bulbs from South America and are not hardy outside. aka "Naked Lady, Belladonna Lily, Resurrection Lily
    Madpropheton December 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBelladonna appears to be a character who, though has beautiful eyes of blue only sees the world in grey. She sheds tears for years - because she is a slave? Ultimately she chooses death. The speaker of this piece remembers her great beauty. Perhaps like Belladonna the drug she can "wash the day away" by making time meaningless with her hallucinatory effects. The speaker could be referring to a dawn they spent together, or a "dawn" as in a shared realisation.
    Madpropheton December 20, 2008   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionBelladona
    Sea blue marshmallow eyes
    Belladonna sees you
    It's just a disguise
    She sees nothing but grey

    Ice cool, shaken not stirred
    Whisper only the word
    And she would wash the day away

    And as I faded through the years
    She found an answer to the tears
    It wasn't wise, but no
    No humble mortal ever matched these eyes

    Pretty name for a slave
    Starburst shouts from the grave
    "I'll remember our dawn."
    Anilandon November 21, 2010   Link

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