Do you see the pops of red in this picture? It’s the Poppy. The bright, blood-red flowers growing all over the bottom of the hill where the Parthenon can be found in Acropolis of Athens. It’s exactly where this picture was taken today.
A symbol of death, war, love, life, and renewal. Today is Easter Sunday. It’s a bright sunny day! Today, I choose to celebrate life and learning. It just so happens I’m in a place full of it. I want to share it with you from the place where mythological Gods and Goddesses exist… in the beautiful country of Greece.
After I took this picture, my daughter taught me a little about this flower. She said it’s the “flower of war.” This sparked my interest. Awesome! I’m at the perfect place where it blooms abundantly.
These pops of red seem to appear everywhere. I saw them from Acropolis to the scenic coastline of the beaches. They grew on the side of the streets, alongside fences, and they stuck out from groups of wild flowers.
The poppy seed can remain dormant for years but will blossom when the soil is disturbed. It’s delicate and resilient at the same time.
The poppy is a symbol of Morpheus. The Greek God of dreams. It’s interesting because opium can be extracted from this plant. I guess that can cause some pretty intense and interesting dreams 😉.
In Greek Mythology, the poppy symbolizes the Death of Adonis. The goddess Aphrodite loved him. When he was killed by a wild boar, she created the poppy from his blood.
Lt. Col. John McCrae, a physician during World War was inspired by the vision of the poppy when he wrote the famous poem In Flanders Fields to commemorate the sacrifice of all the fallen soldiers who were patients and comrades.
American professor Moina Michael was so inspired by McRae’s poem that she wrote We Shall Keep the Faith in response to it. She came up with the idea to wear poppy pins in remembrance of the fallen soldiers in WWI.
I learned something new about a flower I’ve always admired but never really saw much nor touched in person until today.
Today, I’m celebrating Easter, the ability to keep learning, and the life I’m now living. Have a wonderful day!