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Joyce Kilmer - Mid-ocean in War-time

(For My Mother)

The fragile splendour of the level sea,
The moon's serene and silver-veiled face,
Make of this vessel an enchanted place
Full of white mirth and golden sorcery.
Now, for a time, shall careless laughter be
Blended with song, to lend song sweeter grace,
And the old stars, in their unending race,
Shall heed and envy young humanity.
And yet to-night, a hundred leagues away,
These waters blush a strange and awful red.
Before the moon, a cloud obscenely grey
Rises from decks that crash with flying lead.
And these stars smile their immemorial way
On waves that shroud a thousand newly dead!

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Poet: Joyce Kilmer
Poem: 22. Mid-ocean in War-time
Volume: Main Street and Other Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1917

Comment 1 of 1, added on January 31st, 2008 at 9:05 PM.

That is a great poem. I have never heard of Joyce Kilmer until not to long when I was assigned a paper on him.

Sheldon Rettner from Italy

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