Poppies by Jane Weir
Subject: The poem is set in the present day but reaches back to the beginning of the poppy tradition. The poem was written during the first world war when british soldiers were dying in Iraq and Afganistan.
The poem is about the nature of grief. The women is direclty speaking to her son. But a son who shifts in time.
- the son who leaves home for school for the first time
- the son who has just been killed
- beneath the surface the son dying violenlty in a field hospital in Afganistan
The present holds to much pain for the mother and her memories can only be expressed in the past which is full of safety and with her son.
The mother reflects on the time when she pinned a poppy on her sons lapel before he…