"Visions for those too tired to sleep, these seeds cast a film over eyes which weep." Amy Lowell
Every year, I like to post the latest crop of poppies. Poppies have been found in Egyptian tombs dating back 3,000 years. Their bright, cheery color belies the fact that they are the stuff of dreams. They have long been a symbol of sleep and death, partly because of the opium extracted from them. Opium is almost as old as civilization itself, with evidence suggesting that Neanderthals may even have used it over thirty thousand years ago. The poppy is one of the most important medicinal flowers, because Morphine and Codeine are made from it. Remember the magical poppy field in The Wizard Of Oz that almost succeeded in diverting Dorothy and her friends from their goal? In the process of blooming, the poppy hangs it's head, even seeming to droop in sleep itself.
"The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light." Romans 13:11