08 February 2018

#8 - Circumnavigation

After Not Waving but Drowning by Stevie Smith

Diving with the dolphins after dark,
negotiating currents on a whim,
setting off distress flares for a lark ‒
it's all a jolly game of sink or swim.

It's all a jolly game of float or die,
never one to take some sound advice
caught between the emptiness and sky,
it's all a tangled tale of weed and ice.

It's all a tangled tale of new and old
circumnavigation with a smile
drifting past the glaciers and the gold,
skimming through the turbulence in style.

But now the seas have grown so bloody cold
these shores seem very tempting for a while.


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