"Visions for those too tired to sleep, these seeds cast a film over eyes which weep." Amy Lowell
"Bring poppies for a weary mind that saddens in a senseless din." William Winter
Behold the extremly rare Himalayan Blue Poppy. See a fable, a myth, a dream. On display for a very short while in Pennsylvania. This is what I saw in the paper today, and I had to snap it to show you. It is the national flower of Bhutan, and considered magical, perhaps the rarest flower in the world. In 1922, an expedition discovered it while trying to reach the top of Mt. Everest. They are so hard to grow and so few exist that they have become fabled. Poppies have long been a symbol of sleep and death, partly because of the opium extracted from them. The poppy is one of the most important medicinal flowers, because Morphine and Codeine are made from it. Poppies have been found in Egyptian tombs dating back 3,000 years. There was even a prescription given to children for poppies to stop them from crying. Remember the magical poppy field in The Wizard Of Oz that almost succeded in diverting Dorothy and her friends from their goal? Sleep can be good or bad. In that case, it was bad. It seems that most people have some kind of sleep problems, doesn't it? Not enough, apnea, nightmares, night terrors, etc. When King David slept well, it wasn't from poppies.
"I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, Oh Lord, make me dwell in safety." Psalm 4:8