20 June 2011

Poppies in the Field

The countryside - large  parts of it, anyway - is a beautiful shimmering light blue - contrasting with the sky, which is usually some shade of grey, often with rain pouring from it. We are surrounded by fields of poppies, but not red ones - there are plenty of them, but they are interlopers in fields of wheat. These are opium poppies, and are being grown to make morphine. They brighten up what would otherwise be an unbearably dull summer, but a moment's reflection on their purpose, or rather on the need for their product, might bring back the clouds, especially as I think of a friend currently dying of cancer ...

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