Why Are They Selling Poppies?

Why Are They Selling Poppies?

Why are they selling poppies, Mummy?
Selling poppies in town today.
The poppies, child, are flowers of love.
For the men who marched away.

But why have they chosen a poppy, Mummy?
Why not a beautiful rose?
Because my child, men fought and died
in the fields where the poppies grow.

But why are the poppies so red, Mummy?
Why are the poppies so red?
Red is the colour of blood, my child.
The blood that our soldiers shed.

The heart of the poppy is black, Mummy.
Why does it have to be black?
Black, my child, is the symbol of grief.
For the heroes who never came back.

But why, Mummy are you crying so?
Your tears are giving you pain.
My tears are my fears for you my child.
For the world is forgetting again.

–  Anon

2 Responses to Why Are They Selling Poppies?

  1. Heather Adam says:

    So many of our young men saw going to the war as an adventure and a chance to go overseas. They had no idea of the cruelty and danger ahead. Years ago, an older neighbour told me that he had falsified his age to join the army. He was only sixteen !

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  2. Roj Blake says:

    Heather, they remind me so much of the young men who leave to travel to the ME to join ISIL. The same false hope of adventure and glory that only ends in tears and bloodshed.

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