Spotlight Poetry – The Poppies – A poem by Richard Church

The image shows a close up painting of a small group of scarlet poppies painted by the artist Elena Starostina. The work supports a poem entitled The Poppies by the poet Richard Church.
© Elena Starostina, Poppies, 2017

The Poppies by Richard Church

Like lips behind a veil
The poppies rest under the oats
Lips parting in sleep,
As though night were hot about them,
Touching the souls they speak for with sensual fires;
These lips not petals.

But here it is summer morning,
Cool after the pride-shower;
The smoke goes up in prayer from the village,
And the hills are monks stooping under a hood of mist.
This surely is a virgin moment.

Then what is this fantasy of the poppies?

Poem Attribution © Richard Church, The Poppies

Source Attribution Favourite Flower Poems, National Trust Books

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Painting Attribution © Elena Starostina, Poppies, 2017

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