Poppy from Joan on Frederick St (Saturday 8pm)

'Anzac Day', original handmade card. Drawing by Joan Butcher Hawkins, Dunedin (Poppy Day 22.4.16)Drawing by Joan Butcher Hawkins, Dunedin (Poppy Day, 22 April 2016)

Their talk is picturesque, their manner frank
A little hasty, what they think— they say—
They’ve got a down on arrogance and swank
Passive submission doesn’t come their way

And we are sorry now to leave you, but war is all “goodbye”

The red or Flanders poppy has been linked with battlefield deaths since the time of the Great War (1914–18). The plant was one of the first to grow and bloom in the mud and soil of Flanders. People in many countries wear the poppy to remember those who died in war or who still serve.

In New Zealand the poppy is most often worn around Anzac Day. Since 1927 Poppy Day has been marked on the Friday before Anzac Day (unless it falls on a Good Friday).

Anzac Day, 25 April, commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women. Anzac Day was first marked in 1916.


Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Anzac verse (extracts):
(1) Jessie Pope (“The Observer”, 29 September 1917).
(2) 2nd Lt Thomas A Clark Snr died 1918. Featherston Military Camp.



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5 responses to “Poppy from Joan on Frederick St (Saturday 8pm)

  1. Elizabeth


  2. Hype O'Thermia

    Why the emphasis that makes it sound like it’s going to take a big effort of will to prevent the tragic frightfulness of WW1 and subsequent wilful waste of good people’s lives being forgotten? “At the going down of the sun …. we WILL remember them.” Clunky to my ears, judged superficially as a traditional recitation. As a deeply felt expression of love, respect and heartbreak it’s worse than that, it’s like an order where it should be about a shared experience. With perhaps (my musing) a hint that it would be so much better if we didn’t remember – if only it hadn’t happened in the first place – but history cannot be rejigged by wishing it were different.
    Gallipoli may fade in time, when foolish / greedy / political / ego-driven wars cease to be waged.
    Meanwhile although organising parades and making poppies and bunches of rosemary take effort – will, and willingness – the mixture of pride and sorrow and anger will go on, and on, and on.

    My Anzac Day hot tears are not sentimental, they are angry.

    I have friends who still sustain damage from damaged fathers who did their best.

  3. Elizabeth

    Anzac Day 2016 - AAP Image [Stuff.co.nz]Anzac Day 2016 [AAP image via Stuff.co.nz]

    Last updated 08:26, April 25 2016
    Stuff: Recap: Anzac Day around the country
    Video + Twitterfeed


    “For 100 years we have sought to acknowledge and remember those that have fought for our country.” –Commodore John Campbell

    Mon, 25 Apr 2016
    ODT: Thousands at Dunedin Dawn Service
    More than 10,000 huddled together on a brisk Dunedin morning at Queens Gardens to honour the many thousands of Kiwis who fought and died in the Great War – World War 1 – and subsequent wars.

    In pictures: Anzac Day in Dunedin [great images by Gerard O’Brien]
    Kiwis united in ‘tragic legacy of war’
    Crowds turn out around region
    The fog of war

    Otago Daily Times Published on Apr 24, 2016
    Thousands at Dunedin Dawn Service
    They came in their thousands and stood side-by-side, arm-in-arm, in hushed silence to remember the fallen and the sacrifices made for Dunedin and New Zealand.

  4. Elizabeth


    TheMcClymontsVEVO Published on Dec 11, 2013
    The McClymonts – Where You Are
    Music video by The McClymonts performing Where You Are. (C) 2013 Island Records Australia / Universal Music Australia

    The McClymonts are an Australian country music trio comprising sisters Brooke McClymont (born 1981), Samantha McClymont (born 1986) and Mollie McClymont (born 1987), originally from Grafton, New South Wales. They have released one eponymous EP and four albums, Chaos and Bright Lights, Wrapped Up Good, Two Worlds Collide and Here’s To You & I, and have won ten Golden Guitars and two ARIA Awards.

    █ Wikipedia: The McClymonts

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