Herman riveted to crow’s-nest,
Dante wearing out
his shoes... Weldon, forgot
by Golden Gate, & Berryman, a crust
of snow beside the limestone bank.
Moon rose from sea
night’s passionate gravity... & sank
these antithetical children of the sun
beneath immeasurable Ocean-
wave. Matrix of one
twinkling eye... stuttered translation
from sharks’ dogma to Cutty Sark
sped rondure-eloquence –
an Ocean River sense,
human inheritance (almond birthmark).
The old salt bears his Southern Cross
as shark-tooth earring,
tattooed heart. The singing
shrouds (sea-urge, wave-moss)
remind him of Jonah, lost infant
of the crew – of Jasper,
& Francesca too – Ariel
in Ravenna pines (al fresco fundament).
Make all things new. An emerald gong
plumbs planetary tides –
Gennesaret to Tuscan hills (all-human song).