Edmund Montague Morris, Girls in a Poppy Field
Oil on Canvas, c. 1896
69.2 x 56.5 cm
Art Gallery of Ontario
Gift of Sir Edmund Walker, Toronto, 1918
What girls in a poppy field know
is only what their arms can embrace
after a morning stooping low
in lime-rich fields. The red will wear
on their aprons so long as the bombing
goes on. Flanders will fill
inevitably, the soil displaced
for the fallen,
the sky cleared of the larks, the crosses
all that remains that we'll bear.
© 2012 Maureen E. Doallas
This poem is dedicated to my father, C. Henry Doallas, veteran of World War II (Merrill's Marauders), 1916-1990, and to all veterans whose memory we honor.
Edmund Montague Morris (1871-1913), Canadian Painter. According to the profile at the link, his Girls in a Poppy Field was awarded a bronze medal at the Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo, New York.