Wonderful article. I grew up with a copy of this poem ( my grandfather served in what is now Flanders. I still have it, is an antique, I treasure it.) Thanks for remembering. Think I'll go home and plant some poppies! Pam
AS KIDS GOING TO SCHOOL.WE LEARNED TO RECITE ~~~~IN FLANDERS FIELD~~~
AND BELIEVE ME IT WAS NOT,,,IN FLANDERS FIELD THE POPPIES ,,,BLOW...
IT IS GROW!!!!IF THERE IS NO BREEZE THE POPPIES ARE NOT GOING TO BLOW...BUT IN FLANDERS FIELD THE POPPIES
Thank you for your kind words and I am so happy it inspired you to plant some poppies. Sorry the response to your comment is so late in coming.
I found the words on the Wikipedia website and subsequently there are several sites which have the words to be exactly as I have presented. Here is one site which has a scan of what appears to be the original poem by John McCrae. http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/flanders.htm
It looks like the word is blow. I certainly did not mean to cause offense and I pray that you can look past the semantics of a version you remember and the overall message of peace, kindness and remembrance.
I looked at the original written by Lt. Colonel McRae and comparing the word in the first line to other words he used, both grow and flow, etc, there is no doubt that it is blow. Not meaning to perpetuate a disagreement (shades of 'yardeners') but McRae was pretty clear and consistent in his writing. Either way it is a great poem and really reflects his feelings at the time.