The bright blood red poppy stands resolutely at the entrance to the ancient tomb.
Like its brothers on those killing fields of Flanders, it seems to honor death with its scarlet crinoline presence.
In many ways though, this plant is the sign of beginnings and not of endings.
It graces the newly tilled and disturbed earth, whether that is turned grave or war torn soil.
Its seed awaits the fresh start and it adorns that blank canvas of rich living soil with beauty.
This floral pioneer is one of man’s commensals and a fellow traveler in life as well as death.
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