Characters: a farmer's family
For the Flowers challenge – ‘Poppies'.
Disclaimer: The characters in this story do not belong to me, but are being used for amusement only, and all rights remain with the estate of JRR Tolkien.
The poppies grew red amongst the ripening corn. When the petals fell softly earthward the girl and her mother went to cut the heads; gathering them in tight-woven baskets for Father to take to Minas Tirith.
This year she asked “Why?”
Why let poppies grow, when other plants, perhaps as beautiful, were cut back to give the corn the strength of the soil? Why gather only the dull, plain, heads?
“For medicine,” her mother said, “to numb the pain of the dying as the corn sustains the living.”
Finishing softly; “Who knows which harvest we will need most this year?”