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Flashcards in basking shark Deck (5)
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stanza one

To stub an oar on a rock where none should be,
To have it rise with a slounge out of the sea
Is a thing that happened once (too often) to me


stanza two

But not too often - though enough. I count as gain
That once I met, on a sea tin-tacked with rain
That room sized monster with a match box brain.


stanza three

He displaced more than water. He shoggled me
Centuries back- this decadent townee
Shook on a wrong branch of his family tree


stanza four

Swish up the dirt and, when it settles, a spring
Is all the clearer. I saw me, in one fling,
Emerging from the slime of everything


stanza five

So who’s the monster? The thought made me grow pale
For twenty seconds while, sail after sail
The tall fin slid away and then the tail.