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The Wisdom of Poppies
by Ricky Tims
Does life feel a bit too stressed? Do you feel as if you are pushing a rope uphill? Take a moment to just ponder this poem by Ricky Tims. Then, relax and do the jigsaw puzzle below.
The Wisdom of Poppies
What concert do the poppies have?
Seemingly none.
They dance on the breeze under a cool summer sun.

The bees flit about giving each one a kiss
It's a magical moment
One I don't want to miss.

But I'm curious to know what these poppies would say
If they knew all the things I must tend to today.

Would they sigh and suggest I've too much on my plate,
That I'm lost in a maze, or perhaps tempting fate?

Would they urge me to stop and take note of their plight
That each day they shine, but they rest every night.

Would they teach me to sway in the air to and fro
And that even in hard soil they've managed to grow?

Would they help me to see that when one is alone
That the gift off companions will melt hearts of stone?

And that friendships, and kinships, and family trees
Will help them to stand through a difficult breeze.

The poppies are wise and I think I must learn
That much of my life is a waste of concern.

That allowing my soul to be absolved and unstressed
Will bring the healing I need,
And I think they know best.
           —Ricky Tims


Choose your own difficulty. Click the 9-patch grid to change number of pieces. Click the circle arrow to make the puzzle pieces rotating instead of stable orientation. Also, there are tips under the "?" on the upper right of the puzzle. If you'd like a full screen version, click the button below. Have fun!


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