“Haunted Seas” by Cale Young Rice

Still - Ellie Goulding - Anything Could HappenA gleaming glassy ocean
Under a sky of grey;
A tide that dreams of motion,
Or moves, as the dead may;

A bird that dips and wavers
Over lone waters round,
Then with a cry that quavers
Is gone—a spectral sound.

The brown sad sea-weed drifting
Far from the land, and lost;
The faint warm fog unlifting,
The derelict long tossed,

But now at rest—though haunted
By the death-scenting shark,
Whose prey no more undaunted
Slips from it, spent and stark.

Cale Young Rice, Haunted Seas from Sea Poems, 1921

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