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banner - the poor man and the smooth sheet

Full volumes, fifty, side by side,
All soundings, reducers, and the tide;
The Smooth sheet there before him lies,
Caressed and studied by a hundred eyes.

Based on paper – lasting made
That will do naught – but slightly fade;
A reliable reference for decades to be
For books, charts, and men at sea.

Fathograms to be checked and verified,
A bottom true that will not hide;
Echoes, traces, and lots of kelp,
Patience, grief, and a little help.

Those are not pearls, there in his eyes,
Unseen by him that daily strives;
But, the strain of one who looks to see
What isn’t there – BUT OUGHT TO BE!

In: “The Buzzard,” Vol. 24, p. 20. June 22, 1956.

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