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Elinor Morton Wylie

(7 September 1885 – 16 December 1928 / Somerville, New Jersey)

Curious Circumstance


The sailorman's child
And the girl of the witch--
They can't be defiled
By touching pitch.

The sailorman's son
Had a ship for a nursery;
The other one
Was baptised by sorcery.

Although he's shipped
To the Persian Gulf, her
Body's been dipped
In burning sulphur.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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