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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
 
The California Eschscholtzia
By Amelia Woodward Truesdell
 
THE ORANGE hue of the rainbow
  Is not so deep as thine;
More rich than a golden goblet
  Influshing with sun-lit wine.
 
On its calyx of pink thy corolla        5
  Catches sheen from the passing sun,
As if powder of pearls were dusted
  And gleamed thy soft gold upon.
 
Of a truth, the dainty fay-maidens
  Must have crimped thine edge so thin        10
Alike to some fairyland pattern,
  On thy stamen for golden pin.
 
Deep down in the cup of thy petals
  One spot of a purple stain,
Where the elves forgot in their revels        15
  The last bright drop to drain.
 
As the scintillant dust of amber
  In the sun does thy pollen shine;
Such powder Queen Mab might covet
  To burnish her locks divine.        20
 
At dusk thou modestly closest
  Thy petals with jealous fold;
All night thou cosily sleepest
  In a tent of the cloth of gold.
 
 
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