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The Poppy’s Burden

by Joe David

The poppy sways in the breeze
bending on so slim a stem
as though bowed from the weight
of carrying too heavy a burden.

The poppy awaits the man
who comes with a blade
to slice it’s side
and steal its precious blood.

Oh beautiful flower of joy
which will it be this time?
Will you mollify the pain of the injured
or increase the injury to the pained?


Posted on 09/15/2009
Copyright © 2022 Joe David

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Shannon McEwen on 09/15/09 at 05:05 AM

or will you bleed bloody tears of sadness. Sorry, I like this one, it really makes you think

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 09/15/09 at 09:10 PM

...joe david a man with two first names, this is stout as a mule's breath...and i know you...i've listened to you, your goldthwaite-ian logic and love you for it...this is a great example of your "seeing" many things...

Posted by Glenn Currier on 09/17/09 at 02:14 PM

This is too brilliant for words. You certainly have a way with titles. Those last two lines lay upon this reader's eyes and heart a burning question. As I remember it those old veterans pinned a poppy to their lapel in remembrance of their fallen comrades and sold the little red flowers for the support of those who lived but still suffer.

Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 09/19/09 at 01:00 PM

I like(REALLY)this. I think this is an outstanding example of well-organized, empowered words.The ironic twist of this poignant truth is especially clever. This is going in my favorites. Excellent, brilliant work,Joe David. Welcome to Pathetic. ~Melanie :)

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 09/20/09 at 02:21 AM

What a flower and what a burden as we choose its use. Thanks for this.

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 09/21/09 at 02:39 PM

Brilliant words on a sad irony of nature!

Posted by Glenn Currier on 06/03/10 at 03:40 AM

I couldn't help myself. I HAD to read this again. I think it is my favorite of yours. Still as splendid as ever.

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