Treasure Island

William Morris Meredith Jr.

(January 9, 1919 – May 30, 2007 / New York City)


  • ''Oh, there are people, all right, settled in the sea;
    It is as populous as Maine today,
    But no one who will give you the time of day.''
    William Meredith (b. 1919), U.S. poet. The Open Sea (l. 4-6). . . Moods of the Sea; Masterworks of Sea Poetry. George C. Solley and Eric Steinbaugh, comps. (1981) Naval Institute Press.
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Go, little book. If anybody asks
Why I add poems to a time like this,
Tell how the comeliness I can't take in
Of ships and other figures of content
Compels me still until I give them names;
And how I give them names impatiently,
As who should pull up roses by the roots
That keep him turning on his empty bed,
The smell intolerable and thick with loss.

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