William Morris Meredith Jr.
''Oh, there are people, all right, settled in the sea;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.
It is as populous as Maine today,
But no one who will give you the time of day.''
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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.