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Tall Poppy

“Tall Poppy”
a drawing from the Jardin des Plantes de Paris.
22 x 21 cm. December 2017

It isn’t always a bad thing to be a tall poppy, especially when you are festooned in red-pink petals and surrounded by a population of green shrubs.  Who would dare accuse you of rising beyond your station?   You smile and wave in the breeze – oblivious to all.

When I visited the Jardin des Plantes de Paris in October 2016 the summer festival of flowers was over.  A few late bloomers stood in defiance – soon to be hacked away by gardeners clearing the beds for winter hibernation.  Such is the lot of a tall poppy;  destined to be cut down.  C’est la vie.