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Flashcards in basking shark Deck (5)
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1

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

2

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.

3

stanza three

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

4

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

5

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.