'In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
between the crosses, row on row.'
Blood red poppies,
symbols of lives lost in bloody battle,
of bodies disfigured, of families shattered,
... but a sign too of new life in war-ravaged soil.
The red dissolves to white as the blood is drained.
White poppies rise,
symbols of lives lost as a consequence of war,
of bodies maimed, of families broken, ...
but a sign too of peace, of hope,
of working together across the barriers
for justice, forgiveness and reconciliation.
('Meditation: Poppies' by Gillian Collins)
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