A Sight to Cheer Us

posted by Sharon May 29, 2012 14 Comments

Here’s the happy view I found last week on turning a corner when out for a walk: Poppies growing wild in a field, peeking through a weathered gate, pushing up without any coaxing to wave a hello to passersby.

Poppies show up when the weather turns warm. Snow is gone for now and orange dots the landscape, blowing in fields and banks and between fence rails.

This week we celebrate Memorial Day and honor those brave souls who fought for freedom. This poem, written during World War I, is about another place that poppies grew and about life and about bravery.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

The poet noted the flowers blooming in a tranquil field that would be remembered even a century later for the battle fought on it. Apparently the conditions of battle rendered the dirt unsuitable for most growing plants, but poppies are hardy enough to flourish there.

Other battlefields have been added to Flanders fields; we honor so many men and women for their valiant stand on these fields. It’s been good to pause and remember them especially this week.

It’s good to pause and remember, too, that Spring still warms the fields and poppies still bloom every year. Still, they remind us to greet the day, soak up the warmth, wave a hello to passersby.

Wishing you a week full of warmth and cheer!

 

 

 

 

Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesday and Texture Tuesdays, where the assignment this week was to post on “warmth.” Photos were processed with Kim Klassen’s texture, Back In.

 

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14 Comments

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Pieni lintu May 29, 2012 at 7:09 am

These are so pretty!!!

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Julia May 29, 2012 at 7:13 am

What beautiful images – such delicate flowers but so intense!

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Life with Kaishon May 29, 2012 at 12:33 pm

What beautiful flowers. I am also so thankful for the men and women who have fought for and protected our freedom. We are so blessed.

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Linda Kittmer May 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Beautiful shots. I love the bright poppies against the weathered fence.

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Rosie@leavesnbloom May 29, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Very pretty and a lovely contrast of orange and weathered fence.

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Mama Zen May 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm

So pretty!

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Shannon Pate May 30, 2012 at 1:35 am

Very beautiful and what a great poem!!

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Ann May 30, 2012 at 4:02 am

Poppies are warmth. They always put a smile on my face. These are lovely shots.

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Sandra Collins May 30, 2012 at 1:27 pm

those are so beautiful love your addition of the texture!

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Just Jen May 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Oh I SO love California poppies! Makes me miss having sandy soil where they’ll grow with abandon. Not so much on our clay drumlin! And there’s something about white picket fences. Don’t miss painting them. But love the nostalgia (read: warmth) they invoke!

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Marcee May 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Beautiful!

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geetlee May 30, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Thank you for this beautiful post 🙂

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Jill Wellington May 31, 2012 at 12:22 pm

That is so darn pretty!!! I would love to have that rustic fence with flowers by me for portraits, too. LOVE!!!

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BellaVidaLetty June 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Bright and cheerful colors made me smile.

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