Poppies For Sale

Poppies For Sale

A Poem by Christine Anne Shaw
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(The painting still has the old label, Society of Women Artists, Westminster Gallery, London SW14 9NH. Poppies, watercolour £150 on the reverse) The artist lived in Wallingford, Oxford.

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Intrigued by an artist's brush strokes,
a watercolour caught my eye
as I perused an army
of stacked frames.
The painter's name, Freddie Jeynes,
full resume on the reverse,
had once displayed her work
in a London gallery.
Too high a price for all 
the hours she had captured
flimsy poppies at their best,
full heads of silken, scarlet skirts
reminding me of war dead
long gone, at peace, at rest.
Florid tints applied with
precision tender care,
ten pounds to pay, "a deal I said".
The Gallery now deceased,
though soldier's blood still
bleeds in red torment.
I paused to think,
reflect on painter and poppies.
It was her that broke through the veil,
led me on a trail through Oxford lanes.
I saw her in the morning light,
reflected in the clear glass pane.
She smiled and waved back,
blew me a kiss she did.

© 2019 Christine Anne Shaw


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the gallery might be closed down, but your poem will not let us forget the painter nor the men the poppies stand for...the fallen, those who gave their lives for their country...
I think they may smile at this poem and wave at the poet....a thank you wave...
Parts of this you used such excellent near rhyme...and there was a pattern to the rhythm that works like a charm.
j.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Your review so thoughtful Jacob. Yes remembering both the fallen and the painter. I am pleased I man.. read more



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so powerful, poignant and telling. spilled blood never fully dries like paint. your words read deeply in moving tribute. powerful imagery with lasting, emotional impact. captivating ending. nice piece chris ... :)

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thank yous Pete. I really appreciate your visit. Have a good week-end my friend.

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Finding those treasures tucked away in little shops is almost like someone leads you to the location, knowing you would be the one to appreciate the painting. The poppy has always been a fitting symbol of the dead on both sides of that terrible conflict. My granddad was at Vimy Ridge among other battles and came home...though he left a brother behind.
Judging by the comments, it would appear the Americans no longer use the poppy.

A good write, Chris.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Many thanks Ted. I appreciate your thoughts and your story about your Grandad as well. Have a good w.. read more
WOW! This is an amazing story in a poem! This is one of your best, as far as picking a visual topic & painting in words something so vivid & palpable, it feels like we've lived thru this storyline WITH you. You show artists interesting ways to celebrate & show solidarity with other kinds of artists. I find all of art to be very inspiring, when it comes to writing. Here you show us the free uninhibited flow of such inspirations inside your caring, observant heart & mind (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Artists deserve to be remembered Margie just as poets do. She was a talented painter and I have the .. read more
This reminds me of the song the final cut from Pink Floyd. I come from a military family the poppy is such a strong symbol to me, from a very young age I remember wearing the silk ones made from disabled veterans every veterans day before i even understood what it really symbolized i had an affinity for them. This is a wonderful piece of poetry Chris it really evoked a lot of emotion in this bunny

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Do you not have poppies to pin on your lapel for Veteran's day Bunny?
Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

2 Months Ago

For some reason they don’t makes the silk ones anymore I haven’t seen them in a long time you th.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Aw that's a pity.
Although the painting is not posted here, I could see it in my mind's eye. Yes, that artist would blow you a kiss if she could read the wonderful tribute you have written here. I remember when poppies were sold for Veteran's day to help support vets. I don't think that happens anymore. A poignant write, Chris. A very good one. Lydi**

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Lydi**. A poem about the painting and the painter. She has long gone but deserved to be re.. read more
I know poppies in the UK are symbolic memorials of the WW1 dead (''In Flanders Fields''), but I am wondering if the last part of the work is metaphorical, or literal, as in the visitation by your grandmother you mentioned in our last communication.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you so much John for your review. No metaphor here. This is about the painter and the subject .. read more
With words you paint a picture of a picture and of so much more.. it would be near impossible to view those silken scarlet skirts methinks without considering all those fallen and likewise lost. A fine and fitting write Chris

Neville

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Poppies will always be a reminder of the fallen to me Neville. This painting in watercolour so delic.. read more
i couldn't find the watercolour Chris, but yes the significance of poppies is all too real these days and paintings hold such a revered place....

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thank you Stella. The artist is remembered by me and hopefully will be for many years.

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Stella Armour

2 Months Ago

I am glad her work influenced you Chris, something to treat as a gift ..
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This is a beautiful way of remembering. It's not just gratitude but reflection, and truly understanding What it was all for. As time passes, the knowledge and memories will be passed on. As they should be.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Thanks Ana for your understanding. I am preserving her creativity for hopefully future generations. .. read more
so delightful and yet severe ... i am impressed by the universality of poppies in concert with soldiers slain .. if we could only learn the better way. :(
your street scene as poet passes painting, and vis-a'-vis, painter is such an intimate and marvelous connection ... very fine poetry Christine ... thanks so much for sharing
E.

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Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

Greetings Mr E and many thanks for yet another wonderful review. Yes I wanted to capture both the pa.. read more
Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

i think your a corker Christine
Christine Anne Shaw

2 Months Ago

:)).................

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Christine Anne Shaw

Berkshire, United Kingdom



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Have been at Writerscafe for a year now, so pleased I made the change to posting my work here. Have loved reading poetry all my life, but never wrote my first poem until I hit 40. I wish now that I.. more..

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