Basil Dowling Selected Poems

"Between the Lines"

ISBN 3-9501862-0-4


Tight-folded in each oval pack,
    Pale green, and haired with bristles black,
These poppy flowers wait
    Till the hot signal of the sun
Unbuckles them; then, one by one
    Their crumpled parachutes released
With silken shapes all seamed and creased
    And many-coloured flare,
Tethered to earth, will float upon the air.

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