The Poppy ~ a Scarlet Prayer

A single poppy made an appearance in our garden.

 The poppy, with its diaphanous petals, ragged at the edges, reminds me of Himalayan prayer flags. But I think the flower itself is a prayer, a scarlet prayer ~ a prayer of passion.

Lone Poppy

In Western society, we immediately associate the poppy with Flanders Fields.  Other societies have their own poppy symbolism:

The flower symbolism associated with poppies is beauty, magic, consolation, fertility and eternal life. The Egyptians included poppies at funerals and in burial tombs. The Greeks used poppies in the shrines of Demeter, goddess of fertility, and Diana, goddess of the hunt. Poppies denote sleep, rest and repose. In modern times, poppies have been associated with Flanders fields as an emblem of those who died in World War I.

Poppies represent the loyalty and faith between lovers. According to Chinese legend, a beautiful and courageous woman, Lady Yee, was married to Hsiang Yu, a warrior with Herculean strength. When Hsiang led his troops into battle, Lady Yee chose to follow him and stood by his side in every battle. During a long and arduous war, Hsiang’s army was surrounded and defeat was imminent. Lady Yee tried to boost his spirits by dancing with his sword. The petals of the poppy flower reflected her spirit as she danced in the wind with the sword. When this attempt failed, Lady Yee committed suicide. A cluster of poppies sprang in full bloom from her grave site.

…………~ Living Arts Originals

Poppies Stand at Attention

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.

……..~ Gerard de Nerval


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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One Response to The Poppy ~ a Scarlet Prayer

  1. Tammy Vitale says:

    I managed to grow poppis in my garden my first year in this house (94). Haven’t ever since! They are so beautiful and ephemeral! Lovely photo and thanks for the background info!

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