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Sea Poppy
Sea Poppy
Oil on Canvas
7" x 5" gallery-wrapped

Painting and poem left inspired by H.D.'s poem below, "Sea Poppies"

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

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?

My poem "Sea Poppy"

Cinnamon hull
furrowed with ginger,
harvest on shore,
scored, lavish lines,

splashed near spindly firs
to pale on the reef:

your shaft underpins
slippery sand,
ocean-wept flotsam,
scuffed mollusks,
cleaved crab huts.

Alluring, boundless,
blaze upon blade,
what field surrenders
so scented a trace
as your gold face?

(mirrors H.D.'s "Sea Poppies,"
same form and concept
but with different words.)