After a career working in educational broadcasting in the BBC, Moira Scott challenged herself to do some writing when she retired. She has had the pleasure of working with the National Gallery of Scotland's writing group, Words On Canvas, for the past five years. In this supportive atmosphere, she has developed ideas, gained confidence in her work and enjoyed the satisfaction of creating new things.
Painters love your blood-red petals
your black heart
your green, furred stem.
Scarlet splatters the canvas
injecting life into the ripening corn.
You were the symbol
of Hypnos, Nyx and Thanatos
dispensing sleep, night and death.
Your seeds can offer release
from a tormented life
an exit to Hades.
You pushed through the blasted soil
of battlefields to challenge death.
You waved your head in defiance.
The blood of youth stains your leaves
demanding remembrance each year.