Monday, April 25, 2011

Moby-Dick in Verse Response Extracts on Whales

What is a Whale?

An arched and vaulted grey abbey.
A creature jumping like a wild banshee.
The Leviathan,  God's very own thieve ;
Prophet Jonah cursed, carried and  receive
by a dragon of the aquamarine tranquil sea.
A whale's breath conjures fear of a deformity.
Is it a rock? an island? land ho? by grace
with harpoons, at the ready,
we espy a blue-whale's face.

"So be cherry, my lads, let your hearts never fail, 
While the bold harpooner is striking the whale!"  
Nantucket Song

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