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Short poem

Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922)

The Sailor's Grave at Clo-oose, V.I.

              1Out of the winds' and the waves' riot,
              2Out of the loud foam,
              3He has put in to a great quiet
              4And a still home.

              5Here he may lie at ease and wonder
              6Why the old ship waits,
              7And hark for the surge and the strong thunder
              8Of the full Straits,

              9And look for the fishing fleet at morning,
            10Shadows like lost souls,
            11Slide through the fog where the seal's warning
            12Betrays the shoals,

            13And watch for the deep-sea liner climbing
            14Out of the bright West,
            15With a salmon-sky and her wake shining
            16Like a tern's breast, --

            17And never know he is done for ever
            18With the old sea's pride,
            19Borne from the fight and the full endeavour
            20On an ebb tide.


1] An Indian village on Vancouver Island.

8] Straits: possibly the straits of Juan de Fuca, running for one hundred miles and separating Vancouver Island and the state of Washington.

16] tern: small sea gull.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Marjorie L. C. Pickthall, Little Songs: A Book of Poems (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1925): 21-22. PS 8531 I35L53 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1922
Publication date note: Two Poems (Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1922).
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/10

Composition date: 1921 - 1922
Rhyme: abab

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