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SEA POPPIES by Hilda Doolittle









SEA POPPIES

by Hilda Doolittle

Amber husk
 fluted with gold,
 fruit on the sand
 marked with a rich grain,

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

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

Beautiful, wide-spread,
 fire upon leaf,
 what meadow yields
 so fragrant a leaf
 as your bright leaf?