Poppies Grow, Row on Row…

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.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae, British soldier
Poem composed in May 1915

Artist Paul Cummings had a vision: one poppy for every British soldier who died in World War I, each planted at the Tower of London as a tribute to the sacrifice of those men. The resulting imagery is powerful indeed.

What do you think and feel as you view the result of this artist’s work?

Take out your Writer’s Notebook and turn to the next blank page. Can you capture the sight with imagery of your own?

6 thoughts on “Poppies Grow, Row on Row…

  1. I think it’s really inspiring to see all those poppies, or rather, all the veterans that served bravely for their country. It reminds me how much we take for granted, and how much we should be grateful for everything.

  2. Love that they did this. It shows how much we appreciate the soldiers who fight for us. The flowers were really pretty and if I knew where to buy one I definitely would. I wish USA would do something like this next year.

  3. I think it’s amazing how thoughtful this project was and how much work and imagination was put into it. So much time and effort was put into each and every single poppy by so many people. I wish I could’ve seen this myself. The pictures look beautiful.

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