Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Society regretted for making it symbolic of heroics

                                                                          Attribution: Poppy by Liz West CC BY 2.0
Image: Poppy Flower (here)

Note: Opium poppy is the species of 
plant from which opium and poppy 
seeds are derived. Opium is the source 
of many drugs, including morphine 
(and its derivative heroin)  - wiki

the 11 of 12 given words: 
hibiscus fear adversary fade claw 
downpour human irrelevant  
dolorous (causing or expressing misery or grief )   
deaden (make weaker less noticeable)
elicit (to draw or bring out or evoke)

Visually attractive akin to a 
hibiscus and just as beautiful
Poppy a flower wrongfully 
found unfortunately on the 
wrong side of the law 

Society regretted for making it
symbolic of the heroics of soldiers
fallen in battle before the scourge
the drug scene became a menace   

Its derivative heroin instilled fear 
on friend and adversary alike
Dolorous on those deaden into
skeletal frames to eventually fade
after clawing ruefully back for a few 
the very few successful in rehab

The great many others fail to make it
more like a downpour of no-return
an affront to the human race in its bid 
to elicit some dignity still left for those 
waiting for their daily fix instead
and chose to remain irrelevant

For MLMM's Photo Challenge #97 and Wordle #95 and
Marian's The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads


  1. Well, it is sad that the opium has had such terrible effects. Earlier it was 'just' a medication that could be addictive if used too excessive or in the wrong way (opium pipes). Dan Simmons, who wrote a historical novel involving Drood--chief character in Dicken's unfinished novel--and Dickens' obsession with the man, Drood, seems to think that Charles Dickens was an opium addict.

  2. I think our fear of drugs has sometimes made many patient's pain intolerable... Morphine has it's use.. but there are many victims also.. and its trade has created many criminals.. but the poppy is a wonderful flower.... fortunately there are those with very very low opium content.

  3. All it takes is a few druggies to ruin everything...

  4. This is an interesting response to the photo challenge, as well as incorporating the wordle. Thanks for your response :)

    Clearly there are many layers and interpretations to be unearthed here - food for thought.

    CPP ~ Pat

  5. Always someone who will use something for not so great purposes and ruin it.

  6. I feel there will be a part two maybe in 10 years.....

  7. Excess of anything is poison. Nature ave us so many abundances, if we use it wisely it could heal us and if unwisely it would be a poison.

  8. This was interessting to read Hank, excellently written.

  9. Fantastic title and truth. Man, a scourge, seriously a scourge. And we really don't care, do we? Except maybe that tinge of regret about the pretty flowers.

  10. Addiction is utterly devastating, the damage opium abuse has done to so many lives. powerful writing Hank


  11. Never k ew the flower was a symbol for soldiers. How ironic in the context of drugs !

    Nicely done !

  12. A symbol for fallen soldiers whored into a drug leading users to an addiction death. Powerful piece

  13. Yes, many things in nature are abused.
    Alas...especially that which is beautiful.

    I played here:
    The Poppy