Vincent Van Gogh: Poppy Field

“On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, we will remember them.”

Vincent van Gogh – Poppy field – Google Art Project, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

17 thoughts on “Vincent Van Gogh: Poppy Field

    1. Thank you, Resa, for joining me in reciting Flanders Fields. It is a difficult poem to recite because of its evocative symbolism of red poppies and the thoughts of transition between the struggle for life and the peace that follows. I had to retake this a couple of times. Sending hugs!

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  1. Thank you for posting and sharing this beautiful poem. I remember these meaningful words from many years ago while I was in lower grades in a country school. Tears often gathered in our eyes as our teacher discussed the words and the experiences of many of our friends who were serving in the Second World War. A friend of ours was serving overseas and this made the poem even more important. And, sadly, we lost some of our dear friends in the war, making this poem’s words ever more poignant.

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    1. How very well said, Colleen!

      I am familiar with the War Poets but your influence has led me to look at how Haiku responds to conflict. This is what I found.

      young men march away —
      the mountain greenness
      is at its peak
      Santōka Taneda (1882 – 1940) tr John Stevens

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