#Tanka 20

For Remembrance Sunday.

Sarah Potter Writes


Poppy diffusion,
symbolic of war and peace.
Battlefield red
through to elegant maroon,
not a white petal in sight.



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Author: Sarah Potter Writes

Sarah is a British eccentric who writes offbeat fiction, haiku and tanka poetry. When stuck for words, she sketches or paints instead. She's into nature conservation, sustainability, gardening, dogs, natural health, and reading. Her sociability is something that happens in short bursts with long breathing spaces in between.

17 thoughts on “#Tanka 20”

  1. Pretty photos and poem despite the subject matter, Sarah. It’s astounding, if one thinks about it, the number of people killed in just the 20th century owing to one human war or another–and then there are those who “survive,” but are deadened inside in some way. I try not to think about it, honestly.


    1. There’s all the animals, too. People often forget about them. Horses. Dogs. Cats. Domestic pets had a terrible time of it during the bombing raids on London, suddenly homeless and trying to fend for themselves.

      They were selling purple poppies in the veterinary surgery, in remembrance of all those animals injured or killed in war. I thought that was good.

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      1. For sure. Then there were all the service animals, such as canines, used in various wars, without thought of glory or reward. Love the purple poppy idea, Sarah; thanks for sharing that!

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    1. It’s all so tragic that beings capable of such creativity, can resort to destructiveness on such a huge scale. I guess it’s just that the whole universe his governed by a balance of chaos and order, and that same energy runs through us, too.

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    1. Thank you, Sherri 🙂 Poppies are such lovely graceful looking flowers capable of growing on the most barren of soils. It must have looked so startling all those blood-red flowers sprouting out of those churned up, trenched fields at the end of the war.

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  2. “Battlefield red” – what a beautiful line to describe a color. The petals on the ground look like drops of blood, indeed. Beautiful and strong tribute, thank you for sharing!


    1. Yes, they do look like drops of blood. So symbolic that flowers the colour of blood should grow with such profusion in the battlefields, once the battle was over. It makes one wonder if it’s mere coincidence or by design that this should have happened.

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      1. They say that it is the way the poppies grow: when the soil is disturbed. They don’t grow in the dense clay soil. But who knows for sure…


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