Red poppies for remembrance; keep the faith with those who died on Flanders Fields, and all those lost through war.
In this painting, an Englishman saw a red poppy watching over Flanders Fields between the white crosses of fallen soldiers. A Scottish suggestion was ‘an angry eye over a landscape’, which might be the centre of the poppy – in despair of the battlefield bloodshed. An Australian saw lives lost, past and future, white crosses from the Western Front and blue crosses of the innocents, dying right now as you read this post (see Day Five Reflections of Innocence). This is the cost of war, lest we forget.
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark or place; and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly,
scarce heard amid the guns below.
extract of poem by Major John McCrae, 1915 click here to read more
Click to see the full painting, Chilli Chocolate.