Sea poppies

Sea poppies
A poem that makes one think about a haiku. But, it is, in fact, a poem. A poem by the hand of Hilda Doolittle. This is "Sea poppies."

A poem that makes one think about a haiku. But, it is, in fact, a poem. A poem by the hand of Hilda Doolittle. This is Sea poppies.

About the poem

The poem Sea poppies are a different poem, when it comes to other poems written in the year 1916, the year the poem was written. It is a good example of the Imagist style of poetry. When reading the poem, it seems like these are the lyrics of a song. Irregular stanzas and lines; nothing is the same in this poem. Still, reading this poem out loud feels natural.

As for the story, this is the poppy seed pod. It is washed ashore and catches root in the sand. In a way, this poem resembles her own life. She once walked into the sea and stayed there, until the waves overwhelmed her. She lost consciousness. Yes, she survived.

Sea poppies

Sea poppies

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?

 

— Hilda Doolittle

Inspired by nature

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Title
Sea poppies
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Sea poppies
Summary
A poem about the seed that catches ground, after washed ashore.
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The Ministry of Poetic Affairs
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