It’s a cloudy rainy Memorial Day here, but there’s nothing like a bit of serendipitous magic to make me smile.
I have a huge paper poppy. It’s probably about 4 feet tall with a blossom spread of at least 12 inches. I have it propped up in a corner of my dining room, in an area filled with bits of red, including a poppy painting. I honestly don’t remember when or why I made the poppy, but it was certainly many years ago. I think I was experimenting with stretching crepe paper and the ruffled effect just said poppy to me, and so I set about creating a jumbo version of a favorite flower.
Given that the Flander’s Field poppy poem by John McCrae is often mentioned on Memorial Day (as well as Veterans Day) – I thought I’d take a photo of my paper poppy.
I so love how it turned out! It looks a bit like an abstract oil painting – one I wish I could actually paint. I can claim no responsibility for the wonderful way the poppy’s personality showed up and was captured – all ethereal and magical and in motion.
I’ve written a couple posts about poppies before – see here and here. Interestingly enough in that latter post a photo I was trying to take of some other paper origami poppies came out unexpectedly as well. I think poppy has a message for me, and I’ll have to listen a bit more.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote a poem, while not about poppies, seems to sum up this beauty for me:
A flower for my heart
That finds no song;
Purer than rhyme,
Fragrance may climb,
Petal on petal,
Up the perfumed stair
To you, aware
Of music more profound,
More innocent than art;
A flower for my heart.
Do you have a flower for your heart? Is there a blossom that insists on showing up in a unique way for you? Is there a fragrance that stirs deep memories for you? Do tell, you know I love hear. I’m linking to Lori Moon’s May Flower Challenge, and I invite you to visit there as well.