Ballads of Lost Haven: A Book of the Sea

by Bliss Carman


 

NOONS OF POPPY


 

NOONS of poppy, noons of poppy,
Scarlet leagues along the sea;
Flaxen hair afloat in sunlight
Love, come down the world to me!

There’s a Captain I must ship with,

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(Heart, that day be far from now!)
Wears his dark command in silence
With the sea-frost on his brow.

Noons of poppy, noons of poppy,
Purple shadows by the sea;

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How should love take thought to wonder
What the destined port may be?

Nay, if love have joy for shipmate
For a night-watch or a year,
Dawn will light o’er Lonely Haven,

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Heart to happy heart, as here.

Noons of poppy, noons of poppy,
Scarlet acres by the sea
Burning to the blue above them;
Love, the world is full for me.

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