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Poem by Lloyd Mifflin

The Ship

I LAY on Delos of the Cyclades
At evening, on a cape of golden land;        
The blind Bards book was open in my hand,
There where the Cyclops makes the Odysseys
Calm pages tremble as Odysseus flees.
Then, stately, like a mirage oer the sand,
A phantom ship across the sunset strand        
Rose out of dreams and clave the purple seas;
Straight on that citys bastions did she run
Whose toppling turrets on their donjons hold
Bells that to mortal ears have never tolled
Then drifted down the gateways of the sun        
With fading pennon and with gonfalon,
And cast her anchors in the pools of gold.

Lloyd Mifflin

Lloyd Mifflin's other poems:
  1. On the Twilight Headland--Theseus and Ariadne
  2. He Made the Stars Also
  3. The Sovereigns
  4. The Black Portals
  5. Fiat Lux

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