While driving around, I happen to see a store sign for “Belladonna Spa”. With my atrocious French, I thought it might mean “beautiful Donna” (belle Donna) or, with my atrocious memory, I thought it might have something to do with Sherlock Holmes and poison. Went home and googled it and found out, among other things, it was another name for deadly nightshade.
Enticing beauty in the deadly shade of night,
Seductive smile that masks the serpent tongue
And honey-venomed, dripping fangs;
Soft, pliant lips to invite the fatal kiss
That incites the mind to feverish delirium
Before the coursing fire chills the blood
And turns the throbbing heart to ice.
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