The most famous peom that mentions Flander's red poppies was written by John McCrae, a Canadian. The first verse is
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row
That mark our lace; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing fly
scarce heard amongst the guns below.
It's interesting how strong and long lasting the words of the war poets are. It's a shame that we often come across them in school where being taught how to read poetry seems to ruin anyone's desire to read it ever again. Today reporting of war is all pictures, sanitised CNN. War, and the horrors of war are rarely communicated as powerfully as was done during the first world war. Have a read of some of them at this time of year and feel the power. Siegfried Sassoon is my particular favourite