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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume V. Nature.  1904.
 
V. Trees: Flowers: Plants
Copa de Oro
Ina Donna Coolbrith (1841–1928)
 
(California Poppy)

THY satin vesture richer is than looms
  Of Orient weave for raiment of her kings!
  Not dyes of olden Tyre, not precious things
Regathered from the long-forgotten tombs
Of buried empires, not the iris plumes        5
  That wave upon the tropics’ myriad wings,
  Not all proud Sheba’s queenly offerings,
Could match the golden marvel of thy blooms.
For thou art nurtured from the treasure-veins
  Of this fair land: thy golden rootlets sup        10
    Her sands of gold—of gold thy petals spun.
Her golden glory, thou! on hills and plains,
  Lifting, exultant, every kingly cup
    Brimmed with the golden vintage of the sun.
 
 
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