Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Poppy Red

We Shall Keep the Faith

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

The other day I came across these images of original paintings of poppies by Canadian artist Suzanne Mclean and I thought how beautiful they captured poppy red.  You can purchase prints and the original paintings and check out more of her work at her Etsy shop the Dream Gallery .

Image 1.  All Their Pretty Faces
Image 2. & 3.  Abstract Poppies 
Image 4.  The Dance
Image 5.  Catching the Last Rays