Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, WILD COREOPSIS, by CLINTON SCOLLARD

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First Line: A sea of blossoms, golden as the glow
Last Line: Theocritus amid the asphodels!
Subject(s): Flowers; Theocritus (310-250 B.c.)

A SEA of blossoms, golden as the glow
Of morning sunlight on a wind-rocked bay,
Beneath the breeze of this rare autumn day
Heaves in soft undulation to and fro;
Like incense, floating o'er the marsh below,
Come fragrant odors of the late-mown hay;
Beyond, in harmony of green and gray,
The tapering tameracks tower in stately row.

And wading through the shimmering waves with song
Upon his lips, a fair-haired youth I see,
Who swinges off the saffron blossom-bells;
Back roll the years, -- a melancholy throng, --
And I behold, in sea-girt Sicily,
Theocritus amid the asphodels!

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