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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The Illiterate

Touching your goodness, I am like a man
Who turns a letter over in his hand
And you might think this was because the hand
was unfamiliar but, truth is, the man
Has never had a letter from anyone;
And now he is both afraid of what it means
And ashamed because he has no other means
To find out what it says than to ask someone.

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