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In our world, great suffering prevails. Together, with caring hearts, let us stand in gratitude for those who have sacrificed their lives for freedom, and send prayers to those whose lives are tattered by the scars of war, violence, and desolation.
When I was a little girl, I remember how special it was to have an orange poppy, crisp and bright, pinned to my shirt in memory of those lost and loved. Each year, visiting the grave of my papa with freshly picked flowers gave me a blossoming hope for the future. In later years, in my studies of fairy tale folklore, I learned about the sacred meaning of tears in myth and fable. They are the waters of life, flowing from the heart; the waters of the soul that nourish the ground with fertile tenderness, a symbol of rebirth.
It is from this moist, fertile ground that the flowers bloom and forever reign as earth’s rainbow, adorning the fields and valleys with glorious beauty. Hence, herein lies the significance of the Poppy on Memorial Day.
In late 1914, the fields of Northern France and Flanders were once again ripped open as World War I raged through Europe's heart. Once the conflict was over, the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren battlefields. The significance of the poppy as a symbol of the fallen was evoked by Canadian surgeon, John McCrae, in his poem, In Flanders Fields. The poppy represented the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War I and in later conflicts.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row by 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
We offer the healing properties of the Poppy in honor of those we love. Healing benefits of the Oriental Poppy:
The Poppy calls you back to your true home in Nature, where your soul speaks directly to you, delivering its many sacred messages. Deep in your heart, the muses are aroused and the plant and animal spirits surround you, offering healing and transformative support as you find your way toward renewed light and restoration.
May our paths be blessed with gratitude,