Buttercup Dunes
Adam Tavel

Buttercup Dunes

Dew-kissed, each pipsqueak
root ascends into a clot of shoots
curling skyward like the mummified
fingers of a pharaoh’s concubine.

The blond blossoms quiver
in morning’s salty beach-breeze
that crests to lick the hills,
shivering their spindly stems.

That anything green emerges
from the rough agony of sand!
That weeds outglow daffodils
where sun-fire burnishes the cusp

of sea! And amid their scattered
cups, buried to its wrapper, melts
a bottle’s mouth, resplendent,
swallowing its own throat whole.

Adam Tavel

is the author of Plash & Levitation (University of Alaska Press, 2015), winner of the Permafrost Book Prize, and The Fawn Abyss (Salmon Poetry, 2016). He is the reviews editor for Plume, and his website is AdamTavel.com.