Blood Red Poppies Poem by Colin Ian Jeffery

Blood Red Poppies

Rating: 4.4


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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Lajpat Chawla 30 April 2015

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

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Kaci Souisa 05 September 2008

i found myself shivering when i read this. if you've never fought in a war, you couldn't possibly know the pain some go through. this gives us a clear picture.

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Bernard Henrie 08 December 2008

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

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Andrenna Caballero 24 July 2008

I was able to visualize evrything.i love the style and openness of it. I have became a fan from this poem.

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i have just become a fan of it aswell after reading it

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Mohammad Skati 26 January 2019

It is a great poem.Thanks.

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Brandon Thomas 16 August 2018

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 Nayak 28 July 2018

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 01 May 2018

Great poem, succinct with such deepness.

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alan brown 20 April 2018

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

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