Up in a dirty window in a dark room is a star
which an old man can see. He looks at it. He can
see it. It is the star of the room; an electrical
freckle that has fallen out of his head and gotten
stuck in the dirt on the window.

He thinks he can steer by that star. He thinks he
can use the back of a chair as a ship’s wheel to
pilot his room through the night.

He says to himself, brave Captain, are you afraid?

Yes, I am afraid; I am not so brave.

Be brave, my Captain.

And all night the old man steers his room through
the dark . . .

Analysis, meaning and summary of Russell Edson's poem The Pilot

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