The Red, White and Purple Poppy.

I do not want to upset anyone but as we draw near to Rememberance Day I just wanted to share my feelings on the poppies we wear. I wrote this back in 2018.

There are more than one, these days, the red to remember the dead, the white for peace. The white to remember the conscientious objector. During WW1 and WW2 many thought these men were cowards. I do feel they were brave, enough to stand up for their beliefs. Many were tried and shot for not taking up arms. Many spent the war as medics and stretcher bearers unarmed or in the mines though of course not all wartime miners were objctors.

What ever you think, the wars killed them irrespective of their principles. I respect the Red and the White.

The Red and the White.



Both were brave

Each had their own

Principles to up

Hold. Neither less than bold.

One would carry a weapon

The other a stretcher, no gun

Both men died for their own held beliefs

They were both lost and that loss brought much grief.


Then there is the Purple Poppy in remembrance of all the animals who died in service during conflicts and serve with us still in modern conflicts.

They pulled the gun carriages until they dropped

They carried messages and they got shot.

They search out the unexploded mines

They save lives a thousand times.

Spare a thought for the horse, pigeon, donkey dog and many more

Remember them, they all help us in times of war

56 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane Dougherty
    Nov 07, 2020 @ 11:49:14

    Why would anyone be offended by your hommage to all who were killed by the war?


  2. Frank Hubeny
    Nov 07, 2020 @ 12:39:36

    Nice remembrance of all those who died, both red and white, Someone who acts as a medic is still part of the defensive war effort.


  3. Ritu
    Nov 07, 2020 @ 13:41:35



  4. colinandray
    Nov 07, 2020 @ 14:10:07

    Never heard of white poppies, but totally support the concept. When an individual is not allowed to follow their own core beliefs, then not only is their freedom compromised, but so is the basis for democracy. There is a system available for anybody who wants to be told what to do and when … it’s called a dictatorship.


    • willowdot21
      Nov 07, 2020 @ 14:44:47

      Very true.
      White poppies were developed in 1933 by the Co-operative Women’s Guild to reaffirm this message. Many of the activities around Remembrance Day are detached from any meaningful attempt to learn the lessons of war.


      • colinandray
        Nov 07, 2020 @ 16:20:14

        Our history would suggest that we are never going to learn. As long as there are “Trumps” in positions of power, then divisive politics; nationalistic BS, and self-serving philosophies will negate any attempt at compassion, understanding and a more even standard of living for everybody, but … where there is life, there is hope!

      • willowdot21
        Nov 07, 2020 @ 16:29:35

        Oh! Yes I agree, it looks like trump’s race is run let’s hope Biden will be better…heaven help us all. 💜

  5. rugby843
    Nov 07, 2020 @ 16:07:50

    In the US, the American Legion used to make paper poppies and give them out for free and we used to give donations and wear them proudly. A few years ago there were still veterans sitting outside shops, giving poppies to anyone. I miss this tradition.


  6. socialbridge
    Nov 07, 2020 @ 18:42:12

    You are such a kind soul, Willow.
    I was thinking about poppies today. There’s still a bit of a thing about them in Ireland but my mother always wore one to honour her beloved double first cousin who was killed in WW2.
    I follow her lead and have huge respect for all who were caught up in those terrible times, including the poor animals.


  7. pensitivity101
    Nov 07, 2020 @ 21:45:50

    We shall be up there tomorrow paying our respects and wearing our poppies with pride. There will be no parade or service, but nobody can stop anyone going to the Memorial.


  8. pensitivity101
    Nov 07, 2020 @ 22:49:06

    Reblogged this on pensitivity101 and commented:
    Two lovely poems from a lovely blogger. I only learned of the purple poppies a few years ago.
    There will be no parade or service in our town tomorrow, but Hubby and I will be up at the Memorial paying our respects, and I have no doubt that we will not be the only ones.
    We must not forget.
    Thanks Willow for posting this.


  9. Dale
    Nov 08, 2020 @ 00:05:55

    I always wear my poppy in November.
    I never heard of the white poppy so thank you for that.


  10. TanGental
    Nov 08, 2020 @ 08:12:13

    Spot on v timely


  11. johncoyote
    Nov 08, 2020 @ 12:30:51

    Reblogged this on johncoyote and commented:
    Wonderful words and thoughts shared.


  12. johncoyote
    Nov 08, 2020 @ 12:32:01

    I agree my friend. To stand with the soldiers gun-less and save life. You were brave.


  13. Peter's pondering
    Nov 08, 2020 @ 15:47:24

    A wonderful post Willow. I think anyone who may object has no idea of the horrors of war and the need for everyone to contribute in any way they can.


  14. The Possible Ks
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 13:14:05

    Two thoughts: One, in today’s world of the rise of gun-toting new nazis threatening those they see as being different, the meaning of poppies is more relevant than ever. Second, our newspaper published a rather large section on The Wars and the soldiers. In Canada, it seems that the returning soldiers decided that instead of putting up more statues to glorify the battles, they wanted “memorial” hospitals and arenas, etc. built. And I wonder whether this laid the groundwork for later anti-war protestors. That narrative around the “rightness” of war has been slowly changing.


  15. thereluctantpoet
    Nov 09, 2020 @ 20:35:06

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.


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