Thinking of You

Today being ANZAC Day here in Australia I thought it was fitting to share with you a recent Thinking of You Card I made using a image of Poppies from Paper Cupcakes.

Digi Image:  Poppies from Paper Cupcakes Digital Store, Sentiment:  Darkroom Door Stamp
Paper:  Christy Tomlinson She Art 6 x 6 Petite Paper Pack
Other:  Martha Stewart Border Punch, SU Ribbon, Viva Decor Gold Glitter Liner

The poppy has long been part of Remembrance Day Ceremonies marking the Armistice of November 11, 1918 and now it is also more widely being used to commemorate ANZAC Day.  It was the first flower to be seen growing on the devastating battlefields of France and Belgium during the First World War and soldiers folklore explain that the poppy's vivid red color comes from the blood of their comrades who died on those battlefields.

In searching for an Anzac Themed Poem to also share with you today as we remember those who fought so bravely for their country, to give future generations the life they now lead, I found this poem which seemed fitting as it beautifully describes the interpreted symbolism of the Poppy. I have copied this from, who have a list of other Anzac and Remembrance Day related Poems.

"The inquisitive mind of a child"

poppyWhy are they selling poppies, Mummy?
Selling poppies in town today.
The poppies, child, are flowers of love.
For the men who marched away.

But why have they chosen a poppy, Mummy?
Why not a beautiful rose?
Because my child, men fought and died
In the fields where the poppies grow.

But why are the poppies so red, Mummy?
Why are the poppies so red?
Red is the colour of blood, my child.
The blood that our soldiers shed.

poppyThe heart of the poppy is black, Mummy.
Why does it have to be black?
Black, my child, is the symbol of grief.
For the men who never came back.

But why, Mummy are you crying so?
Your tears are giving you pain.
My tears are my fears for you my child.
For the world is forgetting again.



Julie Short said...

Indeed Lest We Forget Danie. Your card fully embraces the spirit of what Anzac Day is about. I always contemplate what might have been on Anzac day as Les lost his Dad when he was two and his childhood as a result was such a difficult one.

Lizzyc said...

Oh Danie, what a lovely card you have made.. simple but profoundly touching with the poppies on it.. and the poem brought tears to my eyes.. a fitting reminder that we need to teach our children about the terrible sacrifice our service men and women provided for our peace...

Tammy said...

Beautiful card and lovely poppies!

Emkay said...

Beautiful card, and a lovely poem.

Lynn McAuley said...

Poppies always bring to my mind those lost in war and the poem "In Flanders Fields." What a beautiful card of remembrance you have created here, Danie!

Sandra said...

The poem is beautiful and we would never forget our soldiers and the rest of the Defence Forces, thank you for posting and also for your lovely comments on my page 'Farm Toys'.