Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman


 

LVIII


 

Poppy, you shall live forever 
With the crimson of her kiss, 
Through a summer day undreamed of 
In a land like this.

Once I bartered with Oblivion:

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For the crimson of her kiss 
I would give a thousand morrows 
Of a day like this.

But I was a foolish buyer;
For the crimson of her kiss 

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Woke me, and I heard the wind say, 
"Nevermore like this!"

Poppy, you shall sleep forever 
With the crimson of her kiss 
Through the centuries, undreamed of 

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In a rhyme like this.