New Artwork – Ian Rogers – an Exultation of Larks
Another collective noun – today, an Exultation of Larks. Yes, I know that’s a cheat, but this is the grim reality an abecediarian faces. The variety of lark I chose for this illustration is the Calandra Lark, one of the commonest lark species in Europe.
I briefly attended Sir John McCrae primary school in Guelph, Ontario, not far from the poet’s former home. For those of you unfamiliar with the poem In Flanders Fields, it is a poem about World War I, and is where the custom of wearing a poppy on Remembrance Day comes from.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
….That mark our place; and in the sky
….The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
– from In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae