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POPPIES
[ Also see Flowers Plants ]

I sing the Poppy! The frail snowy weed!
  The flower of Mercy! that within its heart
    Doth keep "a drop serene" for human need,
      A drowsy balm for every bitter smart.
        For happy hours the Rose will idly blow--
          The Poppy hath a charm for pain and woe.
      - Mary A. Barr, White Poppies

Central depth of purple,
  Leaves more bright than rose,
    Who shall tell what brightest thought
      Out of darkness grows?
        Who, through what funereal pain,
          Souls to love and peace attain?
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt),
        Songs and Chorus of the Flowers--Poppies

We are slumberous poppies,
  Lords of Lethe downs,
    Some awake and some asleep,
      Sleeping in our crowns.
        What perchance our dreams may know,
          Let our serious may know.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt),
        Songs and Chorus of the Flowers--Poppies

The poppy opes her scarlet purse of dreams.
      - Scharmel Iris, Early Nightfall

The poppies hung
  Dew-dabbed on their stalks.
      - John Keats (1), Endymion (bk. I, l. 681)

Through the dancing poppies stole
  A breeze most softly lulling to my soul.
      - John Keats (1), Endymion (bk. I, l. 681)

Every castle of the air
  Sleeps in the fine black grains, and there
    Are seeds for every romance, or light
      Whiff of a dream for a summer night.
      - Amy Lowell, Sword Blades and Poppy Seed

Visions for those too tired to sleep,
  These seeds cast a film over eyes which weep.
      - Amy Lowell, Sword Blades and Poppy Seed

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
  Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place, and in the sky,
      The larks, still bravely singing, fly
        Scarce heard among the guns below.
      - Lieut.-Col. John McCrae,
        In Flanders Fields (We shall not Sleep)

Find me next a Poppy posy,
  Type of his harangues so dozy.
      - Thomas Moore, Wreaths for the Ministers

And would it not be proud romance
  Falling in some obscure advance,
    To rise, a poppy field of France?
      - William Alexander Percy, Poppy Fields

Let but my scarlet head appear
  And I am held in scorn;
    Yet juice of subtile virtue lies
      Within my cup of curious dyes.
      - Christina Georgina Rossetti,
        "Consider the Lilies of the Field"

Gentle sleep!
  Scatter thy drowsiest poppies from above;
    And in new dreams not soon to vanish, bless
      My senses with the sight of her I love.
      - Horace (Horatio) Smith (a/k/a Paul Chatfield),
        Poppies and Sleep

And far and wide, in a scarlet tide,
  The poppy's bonfire spread.
      - Bayard Taylor,
        Poems of the Orient--The Poet in the East
         (st. 4)

Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare,
  And left the flushed print in a poppy there:
    Like a yawn of fire from the grass it came,
      And the fanning wind puffed it to flapping flame.
        With burnt mouth red like a lion's it drank
          The blood of the sun as he slaughtered sank,
            And dipped its cup in the purpurate shine
              When the eastern conduits ran with wine.
      - Francis Thompson, The Poppy

Bring poppies for a weary mind
  That saddens in a senseless din.
      - William Winter, The White Flag


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