Florida’s Images {& a Poem}

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An Ocean Musing

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Far, far out lie the white sails all at rest;

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Like spectral arms they seem to touch and cling

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Unto the wide horizon. Not a wing
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Of truant bird glides down the purpling west;
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No breeze dares to intrude, e’en on a quest
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To fan a lover’s brow; the waves to sing
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Have quite forgotten till the deep shall fling

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A bow across its vibrant chords. Then, lest
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One moment of the sea’s repose we lose,
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Nor furnish Fancy with a thousand themes

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Of unimagined sweetness, let us gaze
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On this serenity, for as we muse,
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Lo! all is restless motion: life’s best dreams
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Give changing moods to even halcyon days.

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“An Ocean Musing” Source: She Wields a Pen: American Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century (University of Iowa Press, 1997).

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