Remembrance Sunday: Poppy Meditation

'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)

Image Credit: Geograph, CC License