I walked through a wood today
It made me feel
Has the Latin name Allium ursinum.
Allium as it belongs to the onion family
Ursinum, as it is believed that once
They would dig for the roots.
One of my favourite medical anecdotes
Relates to the use of the drug
With the beautiful name –
used to treat
Primary biliary cirrhosis;
an auto-immune condition of the liver. (nothing to do with the drink).
Urso here refers also to bears
Their gall bladders used to be
With a metal straw
To extract the liquor
Nowadays they can do this in the lab.
Ursula K. Le Guin, writer of science
Who died last year
Of James Bond fame
(still going strong at 83)
Are the most famous people I can think of
As a boy
In a garden in Glasgow
My brother tried to explain;
Before the sky became too bright
To be black.