I took this photo last night and I liked it enough I wanted to share it, which then lead me to research the meaning of poppies, which I have always been drawn to. I love to find coincidences and synchronicity in life and that’s exactly what I found.
Most people are familiar with Chinese poppies cultivated for their medicinal properties. Morphine is made from these poppies also known as, opium poppies. I wasn’t surprised to discover, that one of the meanings associated with poppies, is sleep and dreams. I also found numerous sites telling of poppies worn as a remembrance of war, and the soldiers lost in battle, associating poppies with death.
Poppies are also found in ancient Egyptian tombs, and the Egyptians believed in resurrection and life after death. I’m not a religious person but I do believe that there is a message here for me. Why? Because, I chose this photo as the image of the day, and this is the first thing I’ve written in several weeks.
I’ve not been able to write much lately. Work, and something like carpal tunnel, has made it necessary for me to minimize my time on the computer. This has been really difficult for me, as I love to write and research, both things I do online. Carpal tunnel has not kept me from pursuing my passion for photography however. And red is the color of passion. Perhaps this is a sign that I’m back? For good.
If you’d like to read about the symbolism of poppies, check out livingartoriginals.com. There’s also a famous poem about the Battle of Flanders and the poppy fields, written by John McCrae.
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