Sestina for a Far-Off Summer: Poems 1957-1962

Sestina for a Far-Off Summer: Poems 1957-1962

Sestina for a Far-Off Summer: Poems 1957-1962

Sestina for a Far-Off Summer: Poems 1957-1962

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Ship Bottom


How gay those bulks that tattered,

years gone, the lace of the blue giant. How gay,

in the Gulf Stream's film of pale calm, scattered

sea monsters at play

off the V of the prow's cool move. Now, shattered,


the giant's toys rot, sanded

and strewn. Oak ribs brown

in air, re-enact on dry water the landed

whale's grin and gasp, as if speared bulks drown

for sky in the lungs and die stranded.


Ship bones commemorate dead huge toys hurled

ashore by angry blue, time

sands their smash. Far out, still, leviathans, swirled

in the swim of transatlantic tides, climb

the arc of the world.

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