This week I have seen many flower beds
filled with bright orange-red poppies.
The stalks are so slender,
it seems they could hardly support their own colorful flowers, but they do.
I have read that poppies symbolize sleep and peacefulness,
and that they serve as reminders of those who died in battle.
But poppies also symbolize faith and loyalty in some traditions.
Regardless, I love them more for their beautiful red and orange petals
and their bold black centers.
Even though they represent sleep,
I'd say they are one of the more exciting garden flowers.