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Sea Poems

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Author: Cale Young Rice
Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 18,801 / 64 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 527
Added to site: 2010.04.04 27233
Genres: Poetry, Nautical

"In common with such virile poets as Browning and Masefield, Mr. Rice has a passionate love of the sea. In intensity of feeling for it the American poet surpasses all his predecessors. He belongs to the great company of world-poets. No other living American can compare with him."--Rochester Post-Express

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nder us, and ripped the entrails,
The human hundreds, out of our vessel's hold,
To strew the foam with mania and despair,
With shrieks strangled by wind and wave and terror.
And thro that floating, mangled, blind confusion,
Where hands reached at the infinite then sank,
Where faces clung to wreckage as to eternity,
I sought for her who shared my life's voyage,
Who had been my heart's pilot; and who now,
Wrecked with me, swirled, too, in the torn waters....
And soon I saw her, still by that wan girl,
Tossed on a watery omnipotence.

Blind with brine I swam for her--as the moon,
Her treachery done, again got to a cloud.
Flung back by every wave, I fought; beating
Against them as against God. And soon, somehow,
Had reached to a limp body on the surge,
Limp and strange--but living ... and not drowned!
Then seeing a raft near, I struggled onward,
Gulping the sea and being gulped by it,
But finding arms at last that drew my burden



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