Colin Ian Jeffery

Blood Red Poppies

During the battle of the Somme, France,1916, the British sustained 60,000 casualties on the first day. Torrential rains turned the battlefield into a quagmire. In one month the Allies advanced five miles at the cost of 450,000 German.200,000 French and 420,000 British lives. I lost two uncles


Blood red poppies sway
Over silent fields
Where birds no longer sing.

Once big guns roared
And young men
Suffered terror in the mud.

Chaplains searched the carnage for God
Finding him gassed and bloody
Crucified upon the wire
One poppy lost among the thousands.

Poem Submitted: Sunday, February 10, 2008
Poem Edited: Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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  • Mohammad SkatiMohammad Skati (1/26/2019 5:38:00 PM)

    It is a great poem.Thanks.

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  • Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas (8/16/2018 10:26:00 PM)

    I am most favorably impressed with your poem Blood Red Poppies. I do not know if it is more accurate to say that you have resurrected the horror of national homicide for us, or exhumed the fallen brave, whose aspirations and hopes were buried long ago.

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (7/28/2018 9:28:00 AM)

    During the battle of the Somme, France,1916, the British sustained 60,000 casualties on the first day. Torrential rains turned the battlefield into a quagmire. In one month the Allies advanced five miles at the cost of 450,000 German.200,000 French and 420,000 British lives. I lost two uncles


    Blood red poppies sway
    Over silent fields
    Where birds no longer sing.

    - - - - - -War brings such massive destruction of human lives! ! A sad but beautiful poem thanks for sharing.

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  • Luz Hanaii (5/1/2018 10:37:00 PM)

    Great poem, succinct with such deepness.

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  • alan brown (4/20/2018 5:58:00 PM)

    war was a tragic thing to happen in our time. enjoyed your poem Colin. Alan

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  • Mario, Lucien, Rene OdekerkenMario, Lucien, Rene Odekerken (4/5/2018 3:28:00 PM)

    This poem makes you realise and appreciate the value of freedom
    Excellent writing Colin
    Thank you for sharing
    Mario Odekerken

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  • Yolandey ShareYolandey Share (12/1/2017 10:42:00 PM)

    Sounds like a very tough battle but at least it turned out OK

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  • Evelyn NorcottEvelyn Norcott (10/26/2017 7:06:00 AM)

    Somehow you capture all of sorrow, desolation, and beauty in your words. Jarring.10.
    - EN

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  • Lajpat Chawla (4/30/2015 2:25:00 AM)

    Crucified upon the wire
    One poppy lost among the thousands.
    Good work.

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  • Sally Plumb Plumb (11/28/2014 2:21:00 AM)

    Appreciated.

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  • Chris ZachariouChris Zachariou (7/15/2014 12:59:00 PM)

    Very moving. It expresses so well my own thoughts.

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  • Leslie Alexis (heaven Is My Home) (12/15/2008 9:16:00 AM)

    Sad, but a beautiful write

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  • Bob Blackwell (12/9/2008 1:34:00 PM)

    Colin, WW1, was an awful war, my father was injured at the battle of the Somme, he never really spoke about it, in fact nobody spoke about what happened in that war. I remember the film 'Oh What a Lovely War', every time a soldier fell, the screen went red and a poppy grew. Thank you for the poem, I guess like you did, that God died to that day, looking for some humanity. I like your writing.

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  • Bernard Henrie (12/8/2008 9:31:00 AM)

    Wonderful use of a specific detail to layer meaning at the close.

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  • David Joergensen (11/24/2008 12:06:00 PM)

    Great poem. Scary and beautiful.

    -David Joergensen

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (10/23/2008 2:49:00 PM)

    The poppy is my favorite flower and what it symbolizes as far as war is concerened-like Flanders Field or other places will always remind us of those brave soldiers who have lost their lives.Sometimes I'm happy when I see one because it means warmer weather.Lovely poem and very sad.a ten from me.

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  • Kate Richardson (10/8/2008 9:13:00 AM)

    This poem is powerful. The central image of poppies as a metaphor for wounds, and a wounded god, is very effective. Concise voice and economy of language is always good, and you have kept focused throughout.

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  • Nagourta (10/3/2008 10:36:00 PM)

    Colin Jefferey, this bit of poetry is...quite a bit of poetry.

    Well worth my time, keep up the good work old sport!

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  • Thomas Kurkoski (10/3/2008 11:50:00 AM)

    The cost of war, or the cost of religion? That piece pays both tabs with a social gratuity that cannot be ignored.

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  • Nkululeko MduduNkululeko Mdudu (9/25/2008 3:25:00 AM)

    Powerfully imaginative, Gods and war and ailing warriors, what's the point of it all

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