A Poppy for Kurt Vonnegut

Just a red poppy. Almost blinding as it bakes under a late afternoon sun.

I found this quote by Kurt Vonnegut today and immediately thought of this poppy. It didn’t ask to be a papery flower just a few meters from a busy highway, did it?

“I felt after I finished Slaughterhouse-Five that I didn’t have to write at all anymore if I didn’t want to. It was the end of some sort of career. I don’t know why, exactly. I suppose that flowers, when they’re through blooming, have some sort of awareness of some purpose having been served. Flowers didn’t ask to be flowers and I didn’t ask to be me. At the end of Slaughterhouse-Five… I had a shutting-off feeling…that I had done what I was supposed to do and everything was OK.”

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For the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 921st straight, was snapped near the village of Ig, Slovenia on 27 May 2016.

 

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