Literary Calligraphy by Susan Loy

August Birth Flowers Selection - "POPPIES"


Bright red poppies are surrounded by a lovely poem that suggests losing our "little cares" and casting away our "foolish fears" to "clover-scented grass...where poppies drowse."

Poppies are the flower of August in the old English flower calendar. The field or corn poppy, Papaver rhoeas, means evanescent pleasure in the Victorian language of flowers. Papaver is the Latin name for poppy; rhoeas is Greek, possibly from the root rho, red.

"The little cares that fretted me, I lost them yesterday.
Among the fields, above the sea, among the winds at play;
Among the lowing of the herds, the rustling of the trees,
Among the singing of the birds, the humming of the bees.
The foolish fears of what may pass, I cast them all away,
Among the clover-scented grass, among the new-mown hay;
Among the husking of the corn, where drowsy poppies nod,
Where ill thoughts die and good are born, out in the fields with God."
    ~ Author Unknown

This poem is often erroneously attributed to British poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) or American poet Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), but its author is unknown. It was published in Heart Throbs, Volume II in 1911.

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August Birth Flower "Poppies"
Author Unknown
Signed prints produced from the original watercolor

Image size: 4-1/2" x 4-1/2"
Paper size: 8" x 8"
Frame size: 10" x 10"

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