Poppy – an ambiguous flower
Poppies are some of my favorite flowers. It is a very interesting flower.
The antique symbolism of the poppy was rather dreary. The old Greeks dedicated this flower to the Goddess of fertility named Persephone. Hypnos (hypnosis), the God of sleep was often portrayed with a poppy in his hand and it was the symbol of eternal sleep, i.e. death. Also Morpheus, the God of dreams and son of Hypnos and Nix (Goddess of the night) is related to the poppy. From his name originates the word morphine.
Poppy is the symbol of decay. Today it blossoms; tomorrow it loses all its petals. Poppy has a lot of appeal by its overwhelming colors and fragile petals. It is also the symbol of temptation.
Poppy shows so many facets from birth to decay. The poppy-flower is a symbol for the memory of war, as it is related to death and eternal sleep. The red poppy is also the symbol of the blood of Jesus, of resurrection and peace and has been laid in graves as a gift in former times. I have seen stony poppy as a symbol on some antique tombstones in our old graveyard.
Enjoy the various facets of poppy in my photos.