We did not come here on the orders of others We came freely, our own choice, blown by the soft winds scattered o'er many a mile Landed upon Flanders Fields and rested a while
Then death came, disturbed the earth Destruction hit the ground in which we slept so quietly Awoke us from our slumber sweet To witness tragedies and defeat
Now we are risen and in our place beneath lie men and boys of courage, strong and true Who fought valiantly but now lay slain Our gentle roots entwine around their bodies that remain
Each dawn we wake for them and face the summer sun At night our gaze doth meet moon We stand tall and proud and dip our heads And honour them that lie beneath with our petals red
Another WW1 inspired poem. Poppy seeds can lay dormant for many years before flowering. This is what happened on the battlefields of ww1. The earth was disturbed with all the shelling and death and destruction and released the seeds that had been laying dormant. How beautiful yet so sad.