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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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.