Bright red poppies are surrounded by a lovely poem that suggests losing our "little cares" and casting away our "foolish fears" to "clover-scented grass...where poppies drowse."
Poppies are the flower of August in the old English flower calendar. The field or corn poppy, Papaver rhoeas, means evanescent pleasure in the Victorian language of flowers. Papaver is the Latin name for poppy; rhoeas is Greek, possibly from the root rho, red.
"The little cares that fretted me, I lost them yesterday.
This poem is often erroneously attributed to British poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) or American poet Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), but its author is unknown. It was published in Heart Throbs, Volume II in 1911.
Image size: 4-1/2" x 4-1/2"
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