The New (1937 A.D.)

Now when the delegates met around the tables
And lifted up their voices,
The subjects were their civilizing tasks,
The fulfilment of historic missions,
The redemption of the national honour,
And the emancipation of the slaves.
But flaws were hidden in the predicates,
And in the pips of the adverbials,
And the rhetorical adjectives
Assumed the protective colouring
Of the great cats against the jungle grass--
THEREFORE,
In all the wealth of their possessive pronouns,
Not a syllable was spared
For the oil reported in the foreign shales.


The Submarine

THE young lieutenant in command
Of the famous submarine, the K-
148, had scanned
The sea circumference all day:
A thousand times or so his hand
Revolved the prism in the hope
That the image of the ship expected,
But overdue, might be reflected
Through the lenses of his periscope.
'Twas getting late, and not a mark
Had troubled the monotony
Of every slow expanding are
Of the horizon. Suddenly
His grip froze to the handle! What
Was that amorphous yellow spot
To the north-east? Was it the lift
Of a wave, a curl of foam, a drift

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Dunkirk 1
  • Come Away, Death 16
  • From Stone to Steel 20
  • Still Life 21
  • Father Time 23
  • The Baritone 26
  • The Old Organon (1225 A.D.) 29
  • The New (1937 A.D.) 31
  • Before an Altar - (after Gueudecourt) 36
  • The Titanic 97
  • The Brawler in "Who's Who" 129
  • The "Roosevelt" and the "Antinoe" 136
  • Newfoundland Reminiscences 165
  • Old Harry 169
  • The Shark 187
  • The Fog 188
  • Overheard by a Stream 191
  • To Angelina, an Old Nurse 192
  • Toll of the Bells 196
  • Time-Worn 202
  • The Lee-Shore 203
  • Erosion 205
  • The Sea-Cathedral 213
  • A Miscellany 223
  • A Prairie Sunset 225
  • Out of Step - (1931 A.D.) 226
  • The Parable of Puffsky 227
  • A Feline Silhouette 232
  • Comrades 234
  • The Epigrapher 235
  • Extravaganzas 239
  • The Witches' Brew (in Celebration of a Fifth Wedding Anniversary) 241
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