California Poppies make me fruity, looney, sappy, and homesick. And I live here!
Poppies don't hold back. We get the full blown orange, with yellow rims. Don't tell a Poppy that pink doesn't match with orange.
Wide Open. Smile. All heart; no need to pin it on a sleeve.
And Poppies make me tell secrets... my all-time favorite song is David Frizzell and Shelly West singing "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma."
We Have Not Come to Take Prisoners
We have not come here to take prisoners,
But to surrender ever more deeply
To freedom and joy.
We have not come into this exquisite world
To hold ourselves hostage from love.
Run my dear,
That may not strengthen
Your precious budding wings.
Run like hell my dear,
From anyone likely
To put a sharp knife
Into the sacred, tender vision
Of your beautiful heart...
And, I love you, too.