I have strong feelings about these flowers.
The seeds were a gift from an artist friend decades ago.
Bill Troutman is no longer alive, but his poppies bloom each May to remind me of this wonderful man.
The blooms remind me of Bill, but the pods remind me of how people ruin things.
Opium can now be produced synthetically, by-passing the poppy.
Some places still use this plant’s sap to produce the drug.
Humans make the drug. Poppies are just plants.
They do what plants are supposed to do. Make flowers and seeds.
I love these poppies.
Poppies don’t make opium, people do.