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H. D. (Hilda Doolittle; 1886-1961)

Sea Poppies


              1Amber husk
              2fluted with gold,
              3fruit on the sand
              4marked with a rich grain,

              5treasure
              6spilled near the shrub-pines
              7to bleach on the boulders:

              8your stalk has caught root
              9among wet pebbles
            10and drift flung by the sea
            11and grated shells
            12and split conch-shells.

            13Beautiful, wide-spread,
            14fire upon leaf,
            15what meadow yields
            16so fragrant a leaf
            17as your bright leaf?

Notes

1] seaside poppy, that is, the common horned poppy, Glaucium luteum (OED).

12] conch-shells: spiral mollusk shells.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Collected Poems of H.D. (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1925): 28. York University Library Special Collections 4928.
First publication date: 1916
Publication date note: Sea Garden (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1916)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/21

Rhyme: unrhyming


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