Tuesday, December 13, 2005

42. GARGOES - John Masfield

Quinquireme of Noneveh from distant Ophir
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory
And apes and peacocks.
sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-grove shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amethysts,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke-stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March Days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
fire-wood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.