The Arctic Poppy

Arctic Poppies. Photo Credit: Phil Wickens

Arctic Poppies. Photo Credit: Phil Wickens


The tundra can be a cold, forbidding place.
The arctic poppy adapts by tracking the sun from east to west
like a solar satellite dish;
collecting the sun’s rays into the heart of the flower.

As long as it keeps its face pointed toward the light,
the bowl-shaped flowers will radiate heat and the flower can grow
because the center of the flower is warmer than the surrounding air.

Bees and other winged insects are cold-blooded
and have difficulty moving their wings in low temperatures,
so they take temporary refuge in this yellow cup of light
to warm themselves and to gain strength to fly.

Just like the arctic poppy and its winged visitors,
we too experience rocky, tundra times in our lives —
times when we find ourselves in a cold, forbidding place
seeking light, warmth and strength from above.

   Take a lesson from the poppy.

Lift your head to something greater
something brighter,
something higher.
Be a cup of light
so that you may grow
and others may fly.


© 2007, Carol Horos