Three Wild Poppies

Saturday October 30, 2021

Swaying, seeded, wild
poppies. You sprung up
in a planter near the window
four years ago. Now the wild
plant relocated to the
fruit and vegetable patch
in the main garden.

Single poppies sprung up
sometimes two at the same
time. But never three simultaneously.
A reason to celebrate.
Blood red to commemorate
the fallen at the end of the
Great War, to end all wars.

Four years ago, when first spotted
they symbolised my high regard
for my friend who passed away
in early September that year.
Rather than request a visit or two
I sent her photos of the wild
poppies. So deeply embedded in
our culture to symbolise remembrance.
No explanation needed. But could
have been misunderstood
as if I was expecting her to die soon.

I love to see their bright dark heads
popping up to say hello!
Blowing in the wind and the
autumnal showers, a very short
life. They cheer me up and warm
me on a cold day.

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