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Paul Laurence Dunbar - Ships that Pass in the Night

Out in the sky the great dark clouds are massing; 
I look far out into the pregnant night,
Where I can hear the solemn booming gun
And catch the gleaming of a random light,
That tells me that the ship I seek
is passing, passing.
My tearful eyes my soul's deep hurt are glassing;
For I would hail and check that ship of ships.
I stretch my hands imploring, cry aloud,
My voice falls dead a foot from mine own lips,
And but its ghost doth reach that vessel, passing, passing.
O Earth, O Sky, O Ocean, both surpassing,
O heart of mine, O soul that dreads the dark!
Is there no hope for me? Is there no way
That I may sight and check that speeding bark
Which out of sight and sound is passing, passing? 

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Poet: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Poem: Ships that Pass in the Night
Poem of the Day: Dec 18 2013

Comment 1 of 1, added on March 24th, 2006 at 11:14 PM.

It is my understanding that this poem refers to two people who meet, have a tremendous impact on each other's lives the, for whatever reason never see each other again.

M. Horn from United States

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